Monday, October 5, 2009

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing! It's the perfect time to reflect on the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country and culture. This celebration runs from September 15 to October 16. The reason it begins mid-month is to commemorate the independence of specific Latin American countries:
  • Sept. 15: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Sept. 16: Mexico
  • Sept. 18: Chile

NCC students interested in participating in a campus club with a focus on diversity should check out the Hispanic American Cultural Club (Main campus) or the Multi-Cultural Club (Monroe campus).

Here are some NCC Library resources that will give you a deeper appreciation of Hispanic culture:

Latina Writers
by Ilan Stavans
PS 153 .H56 L37 2008 Stacks

Latino Food Culture
by Zilkia Janer
TX 716 .A1 J36 2008 Stacks

Latinos in the United States: The Sacred and the Political

by David Abalos
E 184 .S75 A63 2007 Stacks

100 Hispanics You Should Know

by Ivan A. Castro
CT 1347 .C37 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA

by Julia Alvarez
GT 2490 .A45 2007 Stacks

Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World

by Gloria G. Rodriguez
HQ 783 .R62 1999 Stacks

The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America

by Ilan Stavans
E 184 .S75 S75 1996 Stacks

The NCC Libraries also subscribe to two online databases that contain information on Latino Americans. (Remember that in order to use these databases from home, you will need to use your NCC student I.D. number and password to log in.)

The Latino American Experience
The first full-text database focusing exclusively on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States.

Latino Literature

Plays, prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latino writers working in the United States.

Information courtesy of:
"Hispanic Americans." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 22 Sept. 2009 <>

"National Hispanic Heritage Month." Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 21 Sept. 2009 <>

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