Announcing Grab-N-Go Access by Appointment-Only Starting November 4th at Spokane Public Library

copy_of_grab_n_go__3_Starting Wednesday, November 4, Spokane Public Library will allow holds pickup and brief browsing through a new Grab-N-Go appointment model. Appointments for Grab-N-Go can be made at spokanelibrary.org/grab-n-go. Customers who are notified by email that their holds are available will be able to choose between booking a Grab-N-Go appointment or a Curbside Pickup appointment to retrieve their holds. Customers who prefer to browse, without placing a hold, can also book a time for a Grab-N-Go appointment.

“With safety protocols in place and the support of the Spokane Regional Health District and the Governor’s office, we are confident that we can expand services on a limited basis while keeping both our staff and community healthy and safe,” said Library Executive Director, Andrew Chanse. ”We know Spokane loves it’s libraries and we are eager to welcome the public safely back to our facilities. We trust our customers to wear a mask and maintain social distance so that everyone can resume access to in-person library resources.”

Customers will be entering the building for the first time since March 13. “There will be some obvious visible changes to the library due to Covid-19,” said Chanse. “For instance, we have installed plexiglass around staff areas and removed all seating to discourage customers from lingering.”

Customers using the Grab-N-Go model will be able to pick up their holds, browse, and check out materials using the self-check kiosks or by downloading the Spokane Public Library app and using the Self-Service Checkout function to scan and checkout items on their smartphone. Grab-N-Go access should require little to no customer/staff interaction.

As with all public places, face masks and a minimum 6 feet of social distance are mandatory. Face masks are required for anyone 5 years of age or older and masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth. The library will provide a face mask for anyone who arrives without one. Customers who would prefer not to wear a face mask can utilize Curbside Pickup. Hand sanitizing stations are available at the main entrance and all exits.

Initially, only a few appointments per hour will be allowed and we will slowly add capacity over the next month, eventually reaching 25% of allotted capacity. Library staff will be stationed at the door and will monitor building occupancy and mask compliance. Returned materials should be placed in the external materials return box and not handed directly to staff. All returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days following return before being handled by staff.

Computer access is also available and is limited to one 30-minute session per person per day. Customers are required to have a reservation for computer access. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 509-444-5300 or booked online at spokanelibrary.org/computer-reservation.


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YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) shares a list of the top 10 favorite titles voted by teens each year! View the rest of the 2020 nominees here and lists from 2019, 2018, and past years.

 1. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell

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2. Pumpkinheadsby Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks 

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3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 

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4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

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5. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard 

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6. #MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil

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7. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal 

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8. Lovely War by Julie Berry 

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9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power 

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10. The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy  

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association

ofrendaDia de los Muertos with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association: Two great events: a drive-through ofrenda (altar) and a live streamed video event. Please join the community as we remember our loved ones and share the cultural celebration that is the Day of the Dead.  

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Sunday, November 1st12:00pm – 5:00pm | Drive-Through Ofrenda and Giveaway at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home (1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA) 

Safely drive through a covered display of Día de los Muertos altars built by community members. You may bring offerings to be placed on the altar. While supplies last, there will be giveaways including gift bags for kids, health kits, and pan de muerto  

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Sunday, November 1: 1:00pm | Live online event streaming on YouTube

Watch it live or watch the recording on YouTube later. This bilingual program will feature Mariachi music, Baile Folklorico, Danza Mexica, craft tutorials, stories, memories, educational presentations, art, Latinx films, restaurant promotions, and more!  

In partnership with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association, Spokane Public Library created a tissue paper flower craft video for the online event and craft supplies for the drive through giveaway. Special thanks to the Friends of Spokane Public Library and Friends of Spokane Valley Library for providing children’s books for the gift bags.  



Walking Tour: Spooky and Haunted Locations in Browne’s Addition

brownes_labelQuick! Get outside and go for a walk before the cold sticks around. The Library has created several walking tours to inspire you and due to spooktacular demand, we created a second haunted walking tour, this time in Browne’s Addition. This tour features some of our city’s oldest homes (and the ghosts that inhabit them). From lost cemeteries to feuding sisters, there are some great stories in Browne’s Addition!

You can do the tour from the custom Google Map we created or download a pdf version. You can even request a copy of the tour with your curbside pickups at the libraries!

The legends are based on local stories, historic newspaper articles, and stories from Chet Caskey’s books (which you can find at the library or Auntie’s bookstore). Remember to please stay on the sidewalks and observe all laws and regulations while touring.

If this tour whets your appetite for more, check out the Downtown Spooky Walking Tour and the Geological Walking Tour of Downtown. If you need more safe (and fun) Halloween suggestions, we’ve captured them all into one post here.

-created by Vanessa Strange and Eva Silverstone, 2020.


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Bullet Journaling | Opening Act(ivity)

Hello! My name is Lisa and I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program on Wednesday mornings at Northtown.

Now that it is getting darker, it is getting more and more difficult to get motivated in the morning. I recently learned about Bullet Journaling and decided to start small. Every night before bed, I write down three tasks that I would like to accomplish in the next day. When doing these tasks, I sometimes expand it by accomplishing something else that was in the vicinity. I add the extra tasks to my list and mark as complete. Even completing one more task makes you feel good about your day.

If you would like to learn more about Bullet Journaling, click this link.

Check out this Lynda/LinkedIn Learning course: OneNote: Creating a Bullet Journal-Style Notebook

We also have several items available through our catalog that you can request:

Journal Me Organized: The Complete Guide to Practical and Creative Planning by Rebecca Spooner

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll: Book | eBook

Dot Journaling – A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller



Spooky Season Recommendation Roundup!

halloween-blog-imageWe are all looking for the most fun ways to celebrate Halloween safely. Here’s a roundup of recommended ideas and links from public health experts:

  • Decorate both the inside and outside your house, apartment, or living space and share photos with friends and family
  • Walk or drive around and look at spooky decorations all over town! Here’s some recommendations from the Spokesman
  • Take our haunted walking tour of downtown
  • Take a stroll on the walking paths in Spokane’s cemeteries during open hours
  • If you’d rather just look at cemetery records at home, try the Washington State Digital Archives
  • Try your hand at Halloween crafting: use construction paper to make a Halloween scene like a black cat and the moon for your windows, draw funny pumpkin faces, or make a magic wand to create some Halloween magic!
  • Hide candy or mini pumpkins in your house for your kids to find instead of trick or treating
  • Trick or treat at every door inside your house
  • Plan elaborate costumes and makeup and spend time as a family getting ready. Use old clothes to create a costume or sew new pieces. FaceTime or send pictures to relatives.
  • Turn down the lights, make some snacks and have a spooky movie night – check out the horror selections on Kanopy
  • Curl up with some spooky stories – check out these recommended reading lists: digital and physical books (kids) and grown-ups
  • Warm up the house with some spooky baking- pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, spooky shaped sugar cookies.
  • Bring back some old-fashioned treats like popcorn balls, caramel apples, and snack mix

For public health recommendations and risk levels for activities, check out the following:

  • Washington State Department of Health tips here and here;
  • CDC guidelines for celebrations here and here

Stay safe and have fun!


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Announcing Limited Computer Access at All Locations & Walk-Up Holds Pickup at STA Plaza | Starting October 20

Starting Tuesday, October 20, Spokane Public Library will allow Limited Computer Access by reservation-only at all locations. There will be no browsing, inside holds pickup, or materials checkout at this time. Customers can still use Curbside service for access to physical materials.

Customers will be required to have a reservation for computer access. Reservations can be booked online at spokanelibrary.org/computer-reservation or by calling the library at 509-444-5300.

To ensure the safety of staff and customers:

  • Customers are allowed one 30-minute session per day. Reservations are for one person only.
  • Customers must arrive on time for the reservation. If a customer is more than 5 minutes late, they will forfeit their reservation.
  • Customers must wear a mask that covers nose and mouth at all times. The Library will provide a mask if needed.
  • Computer stations will be sanitized for 30 minutes between sessions.

We are also pleased to announce that walk-up holds pickup will be available at STA Plaza starting on October 20. Customers can now place holds to be picked up at the entrance door to the STA Plaza Library (on the 2nd floor of the STA Plaza). Customers may make an appointment for Curbside Pickup at spokanelibrary.org/curbside.


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Indigenous Literature Booklist

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This list, written with #OwnVoices, includes stories of everyday life, of special occasions, and of boarding schools and their long-lasting effects, all representing a variety of experiences of Indigenous people and tribal nations.

PICTURE BOOKS

Nipêhon = I Wait by Caitlin Dale Nicholson 

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At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorrell 

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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie 

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Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

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First Laugh Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood 

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Birdsong by Julie Flett

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We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom 

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Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

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Bowwow Powwow = bagosenjige-niimi’idim by Brenda J. Child 

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Wild Berries by Julie Flett 

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When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson 

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Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk 

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell (also available with CD) 

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Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle 

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The Christmas Coat: memories of my Sioux childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve 

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When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton 

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Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton 

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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson 

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The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson 

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Shi-shietko by Nicola Campbell 

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Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola Campbell 

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Fall in Line, Holden! By Daniel W. Vandever 

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Saltypie: a Choctaw journey from darkness into light by Tim Tingle 

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In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok 

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CHAPTER/MIDDLE GRADE 

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: poetry and prose by Lakota youth at Red Cloud Indian School edited by Timothy McLaughlin 

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Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton

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I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day 

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Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis, Traci Sorell 

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Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse 

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I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis 

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The Birchbark House by Lousie Erdrich 

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The Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall  

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How I became a Ghost by Tim Tingle  

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Stone River Crossing by Tim Tingle  

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YOUNG ADULT

Fiction

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Killer of Enemies trilogy by Joseph Bruchac

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Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today edited by Lori Marie Carlson

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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

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My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

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If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

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Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

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Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

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Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley

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Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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The Night Wanderer: a Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor

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A Name Earned by Tim Tingle

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Spirits Dark and Light: Supernatural Tales From the Five Civilized Tribes by Tim Tingle

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Nonfiction

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

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#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale

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Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese

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Comics available in print and on Hoopla

Trickster Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki

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Debwe: A Blanket of Butterflies by Richard Van Camp

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This Place: 150 Years Retold by Various

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Surviving the City Vol 1 by Tasha Spillett

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A Girl Called Echo trilogy by Katherena Vermette

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Debwe: The Three Feathers by Richard Van Camp

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Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson

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7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by D. A. Robertson

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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson

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Debwe: Fire Starters by Jen Storm

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Tales From Big Spirit series by David A. Robertson

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Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

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Walking Tour: Spooky and Haunted Locations in Downtown Spokane

spooky-walking-tour-templateJust in time for the spooky season, we created a walking tour based on a volume haunting our shelves! This walking tour gives you a taste of some Spokane ghost storiesSome are well-known legends, some are speculation based on historic newspaper articles, and some are based on stories from Chet Caskey’s books (which you can find at the library or Auntie’s bookstore). You might remember Chet from when he was on Lilac City Live in October 2019 (back when we had live programming – insert mournful sigh here!). 

We created a custom Google Map you can use on the tour or you can use the pdf version. Please remember to be safe (do not anger the ghosts!) and obey signs and traffic signals while perusing Spokane’s past that lingers in the buildings of present.



You Have to Start Somewhere, How About Here | Opening Act(ivity)

 

Hi, my name is Lisa.  I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown once a week. Since we cannot meet at the library, we are bringing the activity to you!

Sometimes it is hard to start a project. Please take a moment to copy the attached document.

I have randomly placed a dot on a piece of paper. You can draw, write, build, paint anything you want.

The project starts at the dot. Happy creating!



Hispanic Heritage Month | Book List

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading from an author of Latinx heritage! Reading from the perspective of another can help us to expand our worldview and see life in a new and different way. Check out some of these authors now or when the month is over.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham
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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
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Tertulia by Vincent Toro
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I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sanchez
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez Garcia
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Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
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Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon
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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
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The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
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Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Dominicana by Angie Cruz
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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
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Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez
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Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz
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Dear America: notes of an undocumented citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
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Retablos: stories from a life lived along the border by Octavio Solis
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
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Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
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Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande
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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
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Hispanic Heritage Month | Book List for Kids

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Youth Services librarians put together this book list to highlight works from Latinx and Hispanic authors and illustratorsThe following books are considered #OwnVoices, a term used to describe books where the author writes from their own experiences and perspectives to create characters that share their marginalized identity. 

Picture Books 

Across the Bay written and illustrated by Carlos Aponte 
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Salsa: un poema para cocinar by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 
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Planting Stories: the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar
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Gustavo The Shy Ghost written and illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago
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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López
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Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz
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Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
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My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña
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¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third
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¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third 
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Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh
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Junior/Middle Grade  

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo  

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan  

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega  

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Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina  

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya  

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Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez 

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya  

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The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

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The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz  

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The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel 

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Young Adult 

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno  

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero  

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I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez 

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova  

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The Closet I’ve Come by Fred Aceves  

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The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera  

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 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera 

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We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez 

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia  

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