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Boston Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Booklist, Programs

by rlavery

latinolife2017Boston Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) annually through publishing the Latino Life booklist, a list of recent books concerning the Hispanic experience. Genres include biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction. Cheech Marin’s Cheech Is Not My Real Name, but Don’t Call Me Chong!, former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s My First Life: Conversations with Ignacio Ramonet, and music mogul Tommy Mottola’s A New America: How Music Reshaped the Culture and Future of a Nation and Redefined My Life are among the nearly 60 titles. Themed programs and activities celebrating the month, including film series, crafts, and music, can be found through searching the BPL calendar.

“We encourage patrons and visitors to participate in our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations through exploring recent titles in Boston Public Library’s annual curated booklist and attending a free festive event that honors Hispanic culture and tradition,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard.

Each book on the list is briefly summarized by a committee of Boston Public library staff members. In addition to print books, select titles are available as an e-book, audiobook, or in Spanish as well as English. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city and online.


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


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