Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist 2014

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Abuelo by Arthur Dorros
Together, a young boy and his Abuelo go camping, ride horses, get lost and found, and even confront a mountain lion.  When the boy’s family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, it is his memories that help him adjust to his new life.

Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle
Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snack and for brunch, which is the only thing that Nacho wants to eat.  He won’t even try other dishes —until he discovers the miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. 

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake.  These are just some of the featured objects in this fun-to-read rhyming book of colors.  The rich boisterous illustrations reinforce the beautiful colors found in every child’s day.



Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.

Caminar by Skila Brown
A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

The Death of Fidel Perez by Elizabeth Huergo
On July 26, 2003, the 50th anniversary of the Moncada Army Barracks raid that sparked the Cuban revolution, something unexpected happens. When Fidel Pérez and his brother accidentally tumble to their deaths from their Havana balcony, the neighbors’ outcry, “Fidel has fallen!” is misinterpreted by those who hear it. That wishful mistake quickly ripples outward on the running cries of the people, and it gloriously reawakens a suppressed city.



Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
A triumph of storytelling, Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams.  This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester
Andres suspects his wife has left him—again.  Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped.  Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’ll do anything to get her back.  Or will he? Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.

Cubop City Blues by Pablo Medina
Poet and novelist Pablo Medina’s Cubop City Blues, fuses raw, passionate language and elegant lyricism to breathe life into a musically disguised New York City, shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers.  Our guide into Cubop City is the Storyteller, born nearly blind and shrouded in his mother’s guilt.

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New Hours of Operation Effective September 2

Decreasing revenues continue to be an issue, even with the renewal of the millage (and we are very grateful for that renewal). We are scaling back staff and/or hours throughout the city system and will continue to provide as much access to service as we can with the dollars we have available.

Beginning September 2nd, hours of operation at Hoyt, Butman-Fish, and Wickes Libraries will be as noted below. Zauel, as a contractual partner, will see no changes. Claytor will be staffed by First Ward for their patrons.

Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock

  • Monday & Tuesday – 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Claytor – 1410 N. 12th Street

  • No regular hours for public – staffed by First Ward for First Ward patrons

Hoyt Library – 505 Janes

  • Monday & Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wickes Library – 1713 Hess

  • Monday – Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 100+ arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from St. Joseph to Saline to Saginaw to Sault Ste. Marie to South Range, and all points in between.

Beginning May 24, library users with a valid library card can print a pass, either from home or at the library to one of the participating cultural institutions. Go to www.michiganactivitypass.info for the entire list of locations.

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