National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate with the Library

Hispanic heritage month 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent.


Fiesta DC
Sunday, September 17, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between 3rd & 7th Streets
DC Public Library will join several groups and organizations at the Fiesta DC street festival. Check out food, festivities, and entertainment as you learn more about resources about and for the Latino community.  
Luis Garay Percussion World Duo
Saturday, September 23, 3:30 p.m., Tenley Library
Professional musician Luis Garay and members of his ensemble will perform Latin percussion music at this free concert. Free and open to the public - the event will seat on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Latino Murals of Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Library
Meet artists, watch a short presentation and take part in a discussion about Washington, DC's best street art. Held in cooperation with Hola Cultura (, a nonprofit that celebrates Latino culture in Washington, DC.

For a list of all our events, check out our Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar


For a full listing of books, visit our Books for Hispanic Heritage Month Page.

Books for Children

Nino Wrestles the World catalog holdings Me Frida Catalog Holdings Harvesting Hope Catalog Holdings Esperanza Rising Catalog Holdings Yes! We are Latinos Catalog Holdings
Niño Wrestles the World
by Yuyi Morales
Me, Frida
by Amy Novesky
Harvesting Hope
by Kathleen Krull
Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Yes! We Are Latinos
by Alma Flor Ada

Books for Teens

Before We Were Free Catalog Holdings House on Mango Street Catalog Holdings Vaqui Delgado Catalog Holdings Becoming Naomi Leon Catalog Holdings The Living Catalog Holdings
Before We Were Free
by Julia Alvarez
The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina
Becoming Naomi Leon
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The Living
By Matt De la Pena

Books for Adults

The House of the Spirits Catalog Holdings Bird of Paradise Catalog Holdings One Hundred Years of Solitude Catalog Holdings Conversation in the Cathedral catalog holdings Loteria: A Novel Catalog Holdings
The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende
Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina
by Raquel Cepeda
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez
Conversation in the Cathedral 
by Mario Vargas Llosa
Lotería: A Novel
by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Books in Spanish

Invencion de Morel rayuela La Muerte de Artemio Cruz Soñar en Cubano La Fiesta del Chivo
La Invención de Morel
por Adolfo Bioy Casares
por Julio Cortázar
La Muerte de Artemio Cruz
por Carlos Fuentes
Soñar en Cubano
por Christina García
La Fiesta del Chivo
por Mario Vargas Llosa

Digital Resources

The library offers many digital resources in Spanish and digital resources promoting Hispanic cultures. Follow the links below for more.

  • Latino American Series on Access Videos: From PBS, this is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States.
  • InstantFlix: Stream thousands of award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries and web series. Search by country of origin.
Music Books
  • NoveList: With NoveList’s advanced search you can search by author’s nationality, gender, and cultural identity.
  • Tumblebooks: Animated, talking picture books available in different languages including Spanish.
Learn to Speak Spanish
  • Mango Languages: Looking to learn Spanish? Try Mango Languages, an interactive online resource providing audio tutorials to practice reading, listening, and speaking in over 70 different languages.  
En Español
  • Spanish Language ResourcesCheck out the library’s collection of online resources in Spanish. From storybooks to newspapers, and movies to job-seeking tools, we’ve got you covered. 

For more information from other government and nonprofit organizations, check out these great resources: