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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 20, 2021 at 9:47 AM by Genesis Gaule
The changing of the seasons brings cooler weather and paints the landscape in vivid colors. As we get back into the swing of our fall routines and don our sweaters, let’s take time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage! National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and reminds us to celebrate rich culture, history, delicious food, as well as bring awareness to the struggles Hispanic communities face.
As with many other “national” months such as Black history month and Pride month, one of my favorite things to do is to read books written by authors on their experiences. Both nonfiction and fiction are great looks into others experiences or see yourself reflected. The joy I feel when reading children’s picture books that feature Hispanic representation is unmatched, knowing that my younger family members will learn to love their Hispanic heritage. Below are some books from our collection written by and about Hispanic people!
These picture books feature bilingual and/or Hispanic main characters, and they are a great way to learn some Spanish vocabulary!
by Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios
While visiting her abuelo in Cuba, a young girl helps him sell frutas, singing the name of each fruit as they walk, and after she returns to the United States, they exchange letters made of abrazos--hugs. Includes historical and cultural notes.
by Lucky Diaz and Micah Player
Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood in search of the Paletero Man. But when he finally catches up with him, our narrator's pockets are empty. Oh no! What happened to his dinero? It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now!
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. // Also available en Español
by Justin A. Reynolds
Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother's birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student's father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles' fundraiser.
by J. Malcolm Garcia
In this book, J. Malcolm Garcia reports from across the country and abroad, profiling veterans who have been deported, as well as the families and friends they have left behind. Without a Country analyzes the political and cultural climate that has led America here and takes a hard look at the toll deportation has taken on veterans and their communities.
by Noé Álvarez
Álvarez writes not only of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fear--dangers included stone-throwing motorists and a mountain lion--but also of asserting Indigenous and working-class humanity in a capitalist society where oil extraction, deforestation, and substance abuse wreck communities. Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, and through the Mexican territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents' migration, and--against all odds in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit--the dream of a liberated future.
by Danny Trejo
For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo's journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood's favorite bad guy with a heart of gold..
Interested in more ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Support Hispanic creators by listening to Spanish speaking artists, appreciating art, enjoying authentic food prepared by local restaurants, and buying from small businesses!
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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 26, 2021 at 1:51 PM by Genesis Gaule
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All That She Carried by Tiya Miles
The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake // A poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so.
The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox
How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History // Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, British offers Harry Jones and Cedric Hill come together to trick their captors. Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use a handmade Ouija board?—and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception?—to build a trap for the Turkish officers that will ultimately lead them to freedom.
What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
Anti-fatness is everywhere. In What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon unearths the cultural attitudes and social systems that have led to people being denied basic needs because they are fat and calls for social justice movements to be inclusive of plus-sized people’s experiences.
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry by Paula Yoo
The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement // Japanese car companies were on the rise and people believed it was putting U.S. workers out of their jobs. A bar fight turns fatal, because of rising tension, and a Chinese American man was killed by two white men. A searing examination of the killing, the trial, and verdicts that followed. The lenient sentences of the two white men sparked the Asian American Movement.
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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 19, 2021 at 12:23 PM by Genesis Gaule
Our brand new book club starts next week. Stop in at 6 pm on July 27th to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. New titles chosen every month!
All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan
A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons // Kate Fagan and her father forged their relationship on the basketball court. When Chris Fagan was diagnosed with ALS, Kate decided to leave her job at ESPN to be closer to her mother and father to take part in his care. Kate Fagan spent the last year of her father’s life determined to return to him the kind of joy they once shared on the court.
Confident Women by Joe Tori Telfer
Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion // From Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to Frank Abagnale and Charles Ponzi, audacious scams and charismatic scammers continue to intrigue us as a culture. Confident Women shows how the art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and asks the provocative question: How were these notorious women able to so spectacularly dupe and swindle their victims?
You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience // A potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process specific trauma. Providing a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.
A Bridge in Babylon by Owen R. Chandler
Stories of a Military Chaplain in Iraq // Chandler was deployed in Iraq, leaving behind his wife and three young children for more than a year. He shares his story of serving in Iraq through personal letters, journal entries, scriptures and photos exchanged with family back home. He shares the struggle to hold onto faith and hope in the midst of battlefields, opening readers' hearts to the plight of veterans shattered by their experiences.
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