In the Works: Library prepares resources for Hispanic Heritage Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 September 2017
By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  

This year’s theme is “Shaping the Bright Future of America” and we invite the military community to come and check out the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s large collection of materials about Hispanic culture.  

The library has a wide variety of multi-cultural print, e-books, and digital databases available for reading or research. There are also collections of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, music, and DVDs, all in Spanish as well as many children’s books that are in Spanish and in English.

In addition, the library has materials to help you learn languages such as Spanish. Customers have access to RosettaStone and Transparent Language for foreign language courses. For practicing reading or listening to Spanish, the library has print books, audio CD books and DVD’s for checkout.  

In the various electronic book collections the library offers there are digital and downloadable e-audio books in Spanish and to learn Spanish. For instance OneClickDigital has the Pimsleur Language audio courses. The TumbleBooks/AudioBookCloud collections have many adult and children’s books in Spanish.          

The date of Sept. 15 is significant in Hispanic culture 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 Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period. The month also celebrates the presence of Hispanic Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Spanish conquistadors led by Christopher Columbus on Oct. 12, 1492.  

In the 1520s Spanish navigators also explored as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the present day site of Bangor, Maine.  

The Spanish explored and settled the future southwestern United States in the 16th century and officially founded Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610. Spanish explorers traveled further north along the Pacific Coast to Canada in 1774 and by the late 18th century had established a military post on Vancouver Island, 350 miles north of Seattle.

Hispanics have had a profound influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, hard work, and service.  Their centuries old traditions reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural customs of their communities.

About 12 percent of DOD’s military total force is Hispanic  

Check at the main desk on how to create personal free accounts for our many digital resources and information on finding other resources in Spanish and about Hispanic Heritage.

(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library chief of community services.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )