The Erie County Public Library is proud to join with libraries across the country as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 to honor the history, heritage, and present of Hispanic and Latino communities living in the US.
Read on for recommended books by Latino authors, language learning tools, and genealogy resources for mapping your heritage. You can also visit our catalog for bilingual Spanish-English picture books for children, or check out our newest libros en español for adults!
View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.
Do we have titles you want to check out? What are we missing? Help us make sure the collection is filling your needs!
Let us know how we’re doing by filling out this quick 2-minute survey. Paper copies of the survey will be available at our locations starting mid-September.
All library locations will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 7, at 9:00 AM.
Staff Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage
Say Her Name | Francisco Goldman
After the accidental drowning death of his wife, Goldman produced this semiautobiographical memoir as a way to process his grief and keep her memory alive. You can hear a recording of Goldman reading his prose in the Library of Congress’ PALABRA Archive. Click here to browse this and other readings by Latino authors including Rudolfo Anaya, Carmen Giménez Smith, Julia Alvarez, and more.
Flying Free | Cecilia Aragon
Aragon became the first Latina pilot on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. Plagued by a fragile self-esteem, flying (and her own determination) enabled her to succeed and, ultimately, soar. An inspiration.
You Had Me At Hola | Alexis Daria
With great characters and a fun, telenovela-based plot, You Had Me at Hola is sure to appeal to fans of Jane the Virgin. LibraryReads praises the book for its deft treatment of “complex issues of language, colorism, and identity while also managing to be upbeat, entertaining, and super-steamy.”
From Our Land to Our Land | Luis J. Rodriguez
A distinguished Mexican-American writer beautifully addresses Xicanx (people of Mexican and Latin American descent) culture and wisdom while calling for global healing. Thoughtful and provocative.
Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
Aiden Thomas’ debut novel follows trans brujo Yadriel who, in his quest to prove to his family that he is a true brujo, accidentally summons the spirit of recently-deceased troublemaker Julian. Thomas weaves magic, mystery, and romance through the pages of a delightful novel that, despite its macabre premise, is sure to leave readers with plenty of warm fuzzy feelings.
Trace your Hispanic heritage with the help of our Heritage Room! Stop by the second floor of the Blasco Library to uncover your family history. All the items in the Heritage Room are non-circulating (meaning they cannot be checked out or removed from the building), but we invite patrons to peruse our in-house collection of family histories, reference works, and online ancestry records.
Finding Your Mexican Ancestors | George and Peggy Ryskamp
From the back cover: “If you don’t have Mexican ancestors, this book will make you wish you had. If you are one of millions of Americans who can trace your heritage across the Rio Grande, then get ready to come face to face with your own history.”
Finding Your Hispanic Roots | George R. Ryskamp
From the back cover: “The special genius of the book is that it treats a large and complex subject with ease and simplicity, and it guides the researcher over some of the roughest terrain in genealogy. It is absolutely indispensable for Hispanic research, whether conducted in the United States, Mexico, Central or South America, Spain, or elsewhere, and it will be used again and again both as a guide and as a reference tool.”
New Book Club in a Bag kits are available starting September 1! Kits contain everything your group will need to enjoy reading and discussing the book. Each bag includes ten copies of your chosen title, a list of discussion questions, a biographical sketch of the author, and a book sign-up sheet to help the leader stay organized. New titles include:
Kick off your September with Idea Lab electronics, virtual genealogy, banned books, and more! Plus, some of our favorite in-person meet-ups are returning to the Erie County Public Library’s branch locations. Check out our September calendar at events.erielibrary.org for the full programming lineup.
If you are a knitter, spinner, or enjoy crocheting or needlework, join us at the Lincoln Library for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Feel free to bring your own covered beverage. Registration is required and limited to 20 participants. Questions? Contact us at (814) 451-7085.
Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults. Coloring helps us de-stress because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses, and creativity. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. Adults only, please.
Learn how, through writing, we may experience the unconscious becoming conscious, clarity in transitions, and healing and love. Bring your writing journal and pen as Suzanne Hudson guides the group in incorporating the skills of writers Natalie Goldberg, Jane Hirshfield, and Julia Cameron.
This program is free, but registration is required. For more information, please call 814.451.7082.
Join the Erie Regional Library Foundation for its first annual Banned Book Ball! Banned book totes will be available for a $50 donation and will include a banned book, book-themed goodies, and snacks and coupons from local businesses including Art's Bakery, Icing on the Lake, Pop Luck, and Romolo Chocolates. For a $10 donation, attendees can enter Banned Book Jeopardy for a chance to win a signed book by Andrew Grant or Lauren Willig - winner's choice. This family-friendly event will also feature bingo for kids with prizes, plus the first 52 children through the door will receive a free container of slime!
For those who'd like to take the fun home, you can pick up your bag plus a take-home murder mystery game for 1 - 8 players. You can purchase your banned book totes and murder mystery packs online at www.erlfoundation.org. All proceeds will benefit the Erie Regional Library Foundation, which funds the building of new library branches, renovation of existing branches, the Idea Lab and Teen Space, and programs like Co.Starters.
Join us on zoom as local genealogist Susan Mueller walks us through understanding our own history. This month's topic: Finding State Records. Do you want to learn about how to access records such as birth, marriage, divorce, and death records? What state records are in the public domain and how can you find them? While we will explore all 50 states, a special emphasis will be on New York and Pennsylvania. Registration is required.
Banned Book Week is almost upon us! Andrew Smith, Ph. D., a professor of communications at Edinboro University, will talk about the history of censorship and the first amendment to celebrate Banned Book Week. Registration is required.
Idea Lab Classes
Virtual and in-person
Local maker Steve Patterson has an electrifying series of classes lined up this month. Sign up for these in-person classes or head to the Idea Lab website to view our handy Maker Guides or take a virtual 3D printing certification class.
Learn the basics of soldering! You'll learn about the types of solder and connections and practice soldering yourself. This class is intended for adults with no previous knowledge or experience soldering, but is open to anyone interested. Registration is required.
In this class, we'll talk about the basics of electronics, learn about different components, tips, and safety and then practice using a multimeter to understand what we've learned. After, we'll have time for some questions. This class is intended for adults without much electronics experience, but is open to anyone interested. Registration is required.
Explore the world of multimeters and how to use them. We'll cover the basics of using multimeters safely and using them to check components. There will be time for questions after. This program is intended for adults interested in learning how to use a multimeter. Registration is required.
Access more than 100 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary-building lessons. Whether you are at the beginning your language journey or just looking to brush up on your skills, Transparent Language can help! If your device has a microphone, you can even check your pronunciation with Transparent Language’s speech analysis feature.
To start exploring, visit Transparent Language, choose “sign up,” and enter your library card number.