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Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

La Cuesta Rancho Santa Barbara County : 1892, from the “Hispanics on the Central Coast – 300 Years of History” Collection by the Black and Gold Cooperative Library System. Public Domain.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you might be interested in checking out contemporary and historical digital archives covering art, literature, politics, and much, much more! 

Here are some examples to explore, and advice for finding even more, but feel free to post other favorites in Comments:

UCSB Library, Department of Special Research Collections (on Calisphere) includes an extremely rich range of LatinX visual art archives and artists’ papers, as well as oral histories, sound recordings, and more. (Also see New York’s MoMA for a list of Archives of LatinX art).

Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (Library of Congress) Listen to recordings of readings, interviews, and older biographies of and by “writers from thirty-two countries are represented in this collection which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.” Recordings cover 1873-present. More about the collection.

Veteranas and Rucas (on Instagram) Historical “Photo Archive/self representation archive by/for self identified Women of So.Cal” by Guadalupe Rosales.

LLILAS Benson Digital Collections (University of Texas) Rich set of archives including everything from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive to Archive of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas to books printed in Mexico before 1601 to speeches and documents from a wide variety of countries’ political leaders, not to mention oral histories of Latinos and Latinas of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage (National Archives) Arts, Entertainment, and Culture; Education and Civil Rights, Government and Politics; Diplomacy; Veterans; and more.

San Diego Lowrider Archival Project (University of San Diego) “The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project documents the history of lowriding in San Diego and the surrounding borderlands, from the 1950s through today. The project includes photographs, car club documents and memorabilia, official records, meeting minutes, dance posters and lowrider art. These materials reflect important qualities of the lowrider movement: creativity, independence, cultural pride, resistance, activism, community service, collectivism, tradition and ritual, and cultural continuity.”

Don’t forget to search Calisphere, California’s central digital archive of primary sources covering the history of our state. For example, you can find sources on the Zoot Suit Riots or the Mexican American Political Association there.

You can also look at other state archives, such as New York, that have been working on documenting LatinX history of the US.

If you want to dive further into the hundreds of digitized and physical archives available, or search for a specific topic, location, or heritage of interest to you, here are some open web searches to get you started:

[ hispanic OR latino OR latina OR chicano OR chicana OR latinx archives ]

[ “mexican OR cuban OR salvadoran OR rican OR peruvian american” archives ]

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Thirty-four years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood returns to the Republic of Gilead in The Testaments. Through the narratives of three different women, Atwood explores what life would be like for young people coming of age under a theocratic dictatorship as well as the events that lead to Gilead’s downfall. The women – the daughter of an important Commander, a Canadian anti-Gilead activist, and one of Gilead’s founding enforcers – are brought together by long-buried secrets which force each of them to decide how far they will go for what they believe.

Pick up a copy of The Testaments at the library!


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Summer, Sun & Stories

Summer, Sun & Stories

Although the year is wrapping up, we want to remind you that your reading doesn’t have to! The library’s ebook and audiobook collection is here for you over the summer on Overdrive.

If you’re looking for things to read, check out our Pinterest page for recommendations by genre, or our Recommended Pleasure Reading List full of handpicked books we love.

Happy summer, and happy reading!

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Today is William Shakespeare’s 455th birthday! Dr. Ross’s Shakespeare students provided cupcakes and fun themed games at break, so we at the library want to point out some fun Shakespeare themed books we have in the library!

cover of To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North
A choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet!


cover of An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker.
Assassins go undercover in a production of Shakespeare play to stop an attack on Queen Elizabeth.

Cover of Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Inspired by A Winter’s Tale, this novel follows the fallout of an incident at a cheer camp.


cover of Botanical Shakespeare

Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright, written by Gerit Quealy; illustrated by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins.
A beautifully illustrated book about the Bard’s plants.

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New From Favorite Authors

New From Favorite Authors

Covers of new books: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, Becoming by Michele Obama, and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

We’ve got loads of new books in the library, and a bunch are sequels or new books by authors you love! Come check them out!

New from Favorite Authors

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. A continuation of her Grishaverse books, picking up after Crooked Kingdom

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Becoming by Michelle Obama

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, a new book in the His Fair Assassin universe

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson


The Wicked King by Holly Black, sequel to The Cruel Prince

The Copper Kingdom by S.A. Chakraborty, sequel to The City of Brass

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson, sequel to Truly Devious

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School by Brandon Montclare

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, conclusion to The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy

Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 by Sayantani DasGupta.

Giant Days Vol. 9 by John Allison

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis


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Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

An image advertising Palo Alto Weekly's short story contest. Shows a drawing of a girl in a pink striped shirt sitting at a a table, working on a laptop. The background is blue.

It’s time again for Palo Alto Weekly’s short story contest!

The contest is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school full-time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Woodside, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and East Palo Alto. Stories should be 2,500 words or less, and entrants need to provide five hard copies for judging. The deadline is March 29th.

Adult, 18+
Young Adult, 15-17
Teen, 12-14
There is a $20 entry fee for adult contestants, and a $10 entry fee for writers under 18.

More information can be found on the Palo Alto Weekly’s website here.

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