September 15 – October 15 of each year is known as Hispanic Heritage Month. The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is celebrating with books, of course, come check them out. And don’t forget, you can celebrate Hispanic and Latino/a Heritage every day of the year with a great book.
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 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. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”
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To our students, staff and faculty we extend a warm welcome to the library, and the new school year ahead! We are ready to help you with your research, find items to borrow, answer any questions, and most importantly, help get you started on your own successful path this year. You can visit, call, text, or IM at any time and we will be happy to help and to guide you.
The Plot Against America is one of the most talked-about books this summer, and keeps appearing on everyone’s recommended ‘summer reading’ list. It was actually released in 2004, yet reads as though it was written this year. The Plot Against America was Philip Roth’s entry into the genre of historical fiction, and it asks “what if ‘Lucky Lindy’ unseated the popular FDR in the 1940 election?” This page-turner was composed as if it were an autobiography, written by the adult Philip Roth about the child Philip Roth and his family, who each (father, mother, brother, cousin, and aunt) play an important character, presented in loving detail throughout his novel. This book is highly recommended !
If you’re looking for a bit of a morbid summer reading book, check out Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Though an FBI profiler once stated that there are no female serial killers, this book features profiles on fourteen women who are exceptions to that rule. The author takes an in-depth look at their lives and crimes, and presents stories of women who cannot be reduced to stereotypes and tropes. If you’re looking for a creepy, female-focused crime read this summer, this book might be for you. Click here to find out more or place a hold on the book!
Looking for something to read this summer? Check out Another Brooklyn, the first book written for adults by Jaqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Here’s the publisher’s summary:
“Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.”
To find out more, you can listen to this NPR interview with Woodson, or place a hold on the book here.
If you’re looking for something to read to wind-down from the stress of the last week of classes, you should check out Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This book is a graphic novel memoir about Knisley’s experiences with food throughout her life, starting as a child with a mother who was a chef and a father who loves gourmet food. Though this book celebrates high-end, locally sourced foods, it’s not snobby—Knisley also describes the comfort of eating McDonald’s fries, and celebrates the act of making food together, regardless of the outcome. As a bonus, she also ends each chapter with an illustrated recipe so you can make these foods yourself!
For more information, or to place a hold on this book, click here!