National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

The House On mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

The House On mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.


Volver – a film by Pedro Almodóvar

During this month-long celebration, the Albright Library hopes you will take advantage of this cultural opportunity and read books or watch films by Latin American authors and directors. If you enjoy the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende, try some of these works of fiction by other writers of Hispanic origin. The library has works by many Hispanic authors — Rudolfo Anaya, Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Julio Cortazar, Laura Esquievel, Oscar Hijuelos and Arturo Perez-Reverte, to name a few. You’ll also find a collection of music CDs and DVDs, all in Spanish.

About Heidi Ziemer

Instructional and Outreach Services Librarian at Albright College Library
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