Welcome, September! It's that time of year when the kids head back to school, the weather turns crisp and clear, and our thoughts turn away from Summer Reading.
We had a very successful Summer Reading Program thanks to the wonderful efforts of Mrs. Deborah Khost, who put together a slate of great activities for children, and Mrs. Fran Larkey, who spearheaded all the adult programming. Our first ever Summer Concert Series was a delight.
We kick off September with a Library Card Sign-Up Month. Come in during September to get a new card and you'll be ready for the rest of the school year! What can you do with your card? We all know you can borrow books, but you can also borrow DVDs, audio books, and e-books. You can use your card throughout most of New Jersey thanks to reciprocal borrowing, and you can order books to be sent here for you via Interlibrary Loan. Your card gives you access to our public computers so that you can keep in touch with friends and family, search for a job, do some online research and obtain a voter registration application. Come in and get your card today!
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.
Come in and Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a good book!
Dominican turned New Jerseyan author Junot Díaz will be out with a new work this month entitled This is How You Lose Her, a collection of short stories that examine the “haunting, impossible power of love” from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and Boston. In a Booklist starred review, Díaz’s writing is described as “fast paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive.” Díaz’s first book, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is a very popular book club selection and won many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
For more information about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, visit: http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/