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A Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List: Books with Hispanic Characters by Jean Harripersaud, Bronx Library Center September 15, 2014

For this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), the national theme is “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success. “ According to the Census, 16% of the US population are of Hispanic/Latino origin.  Several months ago, I attended a forum in the Bronx on why young people are no longer reading.  One idea coming out of that session was  that people don’t read because they don’t see themselves represented in the literature.   With that in mind, I  decided to change my  ”looking for a book to read” strategy (I normally do genre  or author searches or just  browse the shelves and read blurbs on the back of books to find one that captures my interest).  This time I was looking for books with Hispanic characters, not necessarily “Immigrant Experience books” but other genres featuring Hispanic  characters.  I  did a keyword search in the catalog and also Googled “Hispanic fiction” and “Latina fiction.”  I didn’t find very many,  but if you’re are looking, here is a list of some I’ve read and enjoyed:

The Director’s Cut by Janice Thompson. 2012.  (Fiction)

Tia Morales has grown up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles.  With hard work, discipline and determination, she is now a successful television director in Hollywood.  As the successful one in the family Tia is trying to help out her siblings who are not doing so well and trying to bring order to her family - the same way she does on the set.  But it is not working as well.  Her Mom wants Tia to find love, but is Tia open to finding love?   

Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble. 2007.  (Romantic Suspense)

Allie Siders has nowhere to hide.  Her parents died in a plane crash and her sister is killed.  A faceless stalker who claims responsibility for their deaths is now after her.  Allie is terrified, not only for herself but her five- year- old daughter.  Her husband Jon who died in Afghanistan had told her told if she ever needed help to go to Lonestar Sanctuary and seek out Rick Bailey.  While  Elijah DeAngelo, the ranch owner is welcoming,  Allie cannot understand why Jon would have her seek out the unfriendly tight-lipped foreman Rick Bailey.  

Murder in Miami by Noel Hynd. 2012     (Suspense Fiction) 

Federal Agent Alejandra DaLuca is on the trail of the powerful money laundering Dosi family whose organization has tentacles spanning the globe. The Dosi family will stop at nothing to have Alex out of their way.  With one failed attempt on her life, she is aware there is a bullet with her name on it.  Her informant was brutally murdered minutes before their scheduled meeting - the promised list of names undelivered.  Now she has an offer to leave New York and head to Miami to communicate with her dead informant. Will a Santeria séance at midnight give her the answers she is seeking or is this a setup by the powerful Dosi family.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. 2004  (History)

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc follows three generations of two Puerto Rican families in the Bronx,  through their cycle of bad choices, poverty and hope.  An excellent and honest portrayal of life in the ghetto.

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings. 2012. (Historical Fiction/Romance)

After the death of her husband and father-in-law in Mexico, Rosa moves back to Texas with her mother-in-law to start a new life.  Upon arriving they found out they are in danger of losing their Texas farm due to taxation.  Rosa has no other home and is desperate to save their farm.  A Tex/Mex version of the Biblical Ruth and Naomi story with a twist.  For Wes, the widowed family leader and care-taker, Rosa is family and to be taken care of—but will Wes go as far as Boaz?  

Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills. 2010. (Suspense Fiction)

Danika Morales is a Border Patrol Agent - a widow with a young daughter.  Her husband Toby was killed two years ago trying to protect illegal immigrants. His murder is still unsolved.  Now someone is out to kill Danika.  Who can she trust?  Suspense laden with good insight into border patrol operations.

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Celebrate Constitution Day with A Public Reading of the United States Constitution
September 17, 2014 @ 6 pm

Celebrate Constitution Day with A Public Reading of the United States Constitution

September 17, 2014 @ 6 pm

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Clases de computadora -GRATIS- para el mes de septiembre 2014.
Registrate en el tercer piso del Bronx Library Center

Clases de computadora -GRATIS- para el mes de septiembre 2014.

Registrate en el tercer piso del Bronx Library Center

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FREE COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
ONGOING REGISTRATION IN THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE BRONX LIBRARY CENTER

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

ONGOING REGISTRATION IN THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE BRONX LIBRARY CENTER

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They All Love to Read: Adult Summer Reading Winners at Bronx Library Center

by Jean Harripersaud, Bronx Library CenterAugust 26, 2014

Last Saturday, August 23, we concluded our Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2014. Winners were announced and prizes awarded. Each participant had to submit logs of the books they read over the summer with a brief review of each title. The four top prizes were awarded as follows:

First Prize - Shamteek Cutts
Second Prize - James Daniels
Third Prize - Nicola Anderson-Cutts
Fourth Prize - Carmen Bolar

The four winners read a total of 149 books.

After the presentation we spoke to some of the participants and here is what they had to say:

Nicola Anderson-Cutts (3rd Prize Winner) holding a certificate for herself and one for her husband, Shamteek Cutts (1st Prize Winner)

How did you hear about the program?

I came in the library to register my children for Summer Reading then I heard that there is a Summer Reading Program for Adults.

What motivated/inspired you to participate?

I love to read and I want to compete with my husband to see who can read the most.

What do you like to read?

Urban Fiction, Mystery and Romance.

When and where do you like to read?

I like to read while commuting. Also, on weekends when the kids are away. I also like to read with my husband and discuss the stories after.

James Daniels - 2nd Prize Winner

How did you hear about the program?

From a librarian

What motivated/inspired you to participate?

I love to read

What do you like to read?

Murder/Mystery

When and where do you like to read?

In the park, and at nighttime at home.

Vermell Ford

How did you hear about the program?

I saw it on the library website.

What motivated/inspired you to participate?

I love to read

What do you like to read?

Biographies, Memoirs and Non-fiction

When and where do you like to read?

On the trains, at home in a special chair, and on vacation.

Angela Liane

How did you hear about the program?

My friend

What motivated you to participate?

I love to read. I was also motivated by the prizes.

What do you like to read?

Urban Fiction and Science Fiction

When and where do you like to read?

At the beach alone, and in my living room after the children are in bed.

Deborah McCray

How did you hear about the program?

From a librarian

What motivated you to participate?

I love to read. It helps me with pronunciation.

What do you like to read?

Urban Fiction

When and where do you like to read?

In bed at night. It’s like a sleeping potion for me.

Carmen Bolar - 4th prize winner

How did you hear about the program?

From a librarian

What motivated you to participate?

The competition

What do you like to read?

Non-fiction, Biographies, Romance and Sagas

When and where do you like to read?

I like to read on the subway, and at the kitchen table at home with the radio on.

Each year the New York Public Library offers a Summer Reading Program for Adults, Teens and Children. Stay tuned for next Summer. The program runs from the beginning of June through the end of August.

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Music: Semiramide
by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by The New York Opera Forum
Saturday @ 2:30 PM, August 23, 2014

Music: Semiramide

by Gioachino Rossini

Performed by The New York Opera Forum

Saturday @ 2:30 PM, August 23, 2014