2021 Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14th, 2021

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the New Orleans Public Library.

Recommended Reads

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Attend a children's book reading of ¿Que Vola, NOLA? on September 25 at the Children's Resource Center Library. Or, dance the night away with Intro to Salsa Dancing on September 30 at Cita Dennis Hubbell Library.

YA Word Search

For a fun at-home activity, search for Latinx authors and their Young Adult book titles in our Hispanic Heritage Month Word Search

Hispanic Heritage Month Resource List

New Orleans Public Library e-resources:

Ancestry Library Edition – Includes records from hundreds of different countries. Through this database you can access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases, including census and vital records, birth, marriage and death notices.  Ancestry also provides access to citizenship and naturalization records, border crossing and passports, crew lists, immigration and emigration books, and passenger lists.

Kanopy – The Library offers access to the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy. Cardholders can stream more than 30,000 films from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform. Kanopy will be highlighting films and documentaries in a specially curated collection for Hispanic Heritage Month that reflects unique Latino experiences and contributions in America as well as the diverse stories that have shaped a rich cultural identity.

Heritage Quest – With over 28,000 books currently available, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, Freedman's Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension Records, and other expanding collections, Heritage Quest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past.

Pronunciator and Pronunciator En Español – Learn one of 80 languages, practice English as a Second Language or study for the citizenship test.

Tumblebooks – A collection of children's e-books with more than 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.

Learning Express Library – Recursos Para Hispanohablantes – A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, and career preparation for students and adults.

Salud En Español – Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information from EBSCO. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

Other Resources:

Hispanic Heritage Month - The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Pew Research Center – Race and Ethnicity – Hispanics/Latinos section - Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. They conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.

Google Arts & Culture – Latino Cultures in the US – Celebrate and explore the experiences, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have shaped Latino—and American—history.

Bridging Historias – Funded by the NEH, Bridging Historias addresses the increasingly influential body of scholarship on the importance of Latino/a culture in American history, that remains under-represented in most college history textbooks and teaching collections. The website contains the research and teaching materials used by 42 community college faculty and administrators in the greater New York City region, including scholarly talks and teaching presentations by visiting lecturers. The website is designed to provide scholarly resources for incorporating Latino history and culture into the humanities classroom, and for the general public.

EDSITEment! National Hispanic Heritage Month – Explore the history of Hispanic culture in America through EDSITEment, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This website offers a treasure trove of high-quality material in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

LATINO AMERICANS Documentary – LATINO AMERICANS is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of History. It is a production of WETA Washington, DC; Bosch and Co., Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB); in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS). The LATINO AMERICANS website offers complete episode descriptions, videos of the full series, as well as clips that highlight areas of interest, and access to supporting lesson plans and activities. Films are available in English and Spanish.

Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project – The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP), founded in 2014, is a growing archive of more than 100 oral histories dedicated to creating space for Latina/os to share their historical experiences related to identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education, and civil rights.

National Park Service's American Latino Heritage Projects – The National Park Service American Latino Heritage projects explore how the legacy of American Latinos can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. This website highlights projects undertaken by National Park Service parks and programs as part of the Service's commitment to telling the American Latino story. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.

National Archives Hispanic Heritage Month – Recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions, this site contains online exhibits, video resources and more.

Hispanic Heritage and Inventions – In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is recognizing some Hispanic Americans whose inventions contributed to the nation's social and economic well-being.

Resources for Kids:

Vamos a Leer - Teaching Latin America Through Literacy - Vamos a Leer is a blog supports K-12 teaching about Latin America by providing resources to educators, including lesson plans, author + book suggestions, and related materials. The blog is overseen by the Latin American & Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico.

PBS Learning Media - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, PBS has curated free educational resources that explore the experiences, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have shaped Latino—and American—history. Curriculum-aligned videos, activities and lesson plans are available to deepen awareness of Hispanic American and Latino artists, educators, icons, and everyday people while also building a foundational understanding of the Spanish language.

Pura Belpré Award - Pura Belpré was the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by several division of the American Library Association.

Tulane University Latin American Resource Center - The Latin American Resource Center (LARC) is an educational outreach program. LARC promotes the study of all subject matter relating to Latin America at the K-12, community, and university levels. In order to ensure accurate, integrated content for your classroom, they provide services such as teacher training workshops and conferences, free lending library curricular materials, documentary and feature film series, slide and curriculum publications, faculty and graduate student speakers, and personalized consulting.

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