Books in the Spotlight!


Children’s Booklist


The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pat Mora

Beautiful illustrations accompany the retelling of one of Mexico’s most loved and celebrated stories.  J 232.91 Mo




The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish by Jay M. Harris

When Spike, a tiny salamander, practices being the monster he believes he is, other animals call him cute and funny but when a gila monster arrives, Spike shows his true nature.  E Harris



Would you like to read more great books for Children?  Click here for our Children’s Hispanic Heritage Booklist for 2013.


Just for Teens Booklist


Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph

Fifteen-year-old, Nina Perez likes living in the Dominican Republic, but her mom sends her to New York City with her older brother Darrio.  Adjusting to life in the U.S. is hard for Nina in this coming of age story.  YA Hispanic Heritage Joseph




To Selena, With Love by Chris Perez

This biography written by the Mexican singer’s husband covers the personal and professional life of Selena, a singer-songwriter, fashion designer and entrepreneur.  Hispanic Heritage Biography Selena



Would you like to read more great books for Teens?  Click here for our Teen’s Hispanic Heritage Booklist for 2013.


Adult Booklist


Adam in Eden by Carlos Fuentes

There are snakes in the garden in this amusing novel of political intrigue.  Adam, a respected and ethical businessman, has problems.  His wife has fallen in love with another man named Adam – a top politico who is totally unscrupulous.  His brother-in-law has destroyed his life and career to follow a young street preacher.  When bad Adam puts out a hit on good Adam, hilarious chaos ensues.


FridaSecret Book of Frida Kahlo by F. G. Haghenbeck

Haghenbeck, an acclaimed Mexican writer, was inspired to create this novel by the discovery of several notebooks among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Coyoacan, Mexico City.  Here she takes readers on an adventure through the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo, combining her rich stories with delectable recipes from one of the notebooks.


Would you like to read more great books for Adults?  Click here for our Adult’s Hispanic Heritage Booklist for 2013.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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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 for the entire list of locations.

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