News from the Library
September 18, 2020
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Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15
Since September 15 marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, you might want to check out these websites that provide a glimpse of some of the contributions they have made to America's economic and cultural life:

You'll find some surprises here.

Music guaranteed to raise your spirits!

From the Smithsonian: highlights of their Latinx collection

From Atlas Obscura: generations of handwritten Mexican cookbooks are now online
Looking to borrow some good books?
For a contemporary look at Hispanic history, try Paul Ortiz's An African American and Latinx History of the United States.  

If fiction is more to your taste, take a look at Silvia Moreno-Garcia's recent Mexican Gothic, a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror set in 1950s Mexico, or Daniel Alarcon's short story collection. The King Is Always Above the People long-listed for the National Book Award for fiction in 2017.

More interested in eBooks? Take a look at what Hoopla has to offer in their Hispanic Heritage Month collection.
How about an engaging documentary or film?
Latino-Americans (2013) - Hoopla
This six-part PBS series is a story of people, politics, and culture, chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States throughout its history.

A journey through the music, words, dance, painting and performance of rich Latino cultures made more complex and fascinating by their history in the U.S., this award-winning PBS series explores how contemporary Latino artists continue to build on rich traditions that reflect a unique multi-ethnic experience.

The Apple Pushers (2012) - Hoopla
In this documentary, five immigrant street vendors -- including Bardo and Sarahi from Mexico and Gloria from Ecuador -- bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the inner cities of New York, where finding a fresh, red, ripe apple can sometimes be a serious challenge.

Balseros: Cuban Rafters (1994) - Kanopy
Seven Cubans set out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States.  Six made it, and seven years later the same camera crew that filmed their departure returns to see how they have fared in the US.

This landmark four-part documentary series details the struggle for equality and social justice of the Mexican American community in the United States from 1965 to 1975.

Tortilla Soup (2001) - Kanopy
An entertaining drama about three grown sisters - Maribel, Leticia and Carmen - and their father, a veteran chef who is slowly losing his sense of taste, both in cooking as well as his romantic life.
Congratulations to Sergio Troncoso
When the NRPL conducted its second NEA-funded Big Read in 2012, we all soaked up the superb stories in Sun, Stone and Shadows: 10 Great Mexican Short Stories. One of the many successful  events involved three excellent presentations by author Sergio Troncosa at the New Rochelle High School. We are pleased to share the news that Mr. Troncosa's latest book, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son (Cinco Puntos Press) recently won First Place for Best Collection of Short Stories (English/Bilingual) at the International Latino Book Awards. The judges called the collection "poignant and powerful; a tour de force!" 

Be sure to watch for his two forthcoming books in 2021: A new novel, Nobody's Pilgrims (Cinco Puntos Press) and Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature of Families in between Worlds (Texas A&M Press), which he edited. We hope Mr. Troncosa will return to New Rochelle to share more of his experiences and powerful insight.
FOR TEENS AND THEIR PARENTS: College Excelsior Scholarship: Free Virtual Program
Wednesday, October 28, 6 pm - 7 pm.
Michael Turner, a representative from NYS Higher Education Services Corp (HESC), will give a 45 minute overview of the Excelsior Scholarship Program, a NYS tuition-free program at SUNY and CUNY school, including eligibility requirements and application process. Q&A to follow the presentation. Join the meeting via Zoom (Meeting ID: 937 8434 5509) or call 914-275-1624. No registration required, simply join the meeting.
NRPL Open on a Limited Basis:
Additional Saturday Hours for Browsing and Curbside Pick-up at the Main Library
We've added another Saturday session and changed the times a bit!

New Saturday times: 10 am - 12 noon, 2 pm - 4 pm.

You'll find information and a schedule on these services at the Main Library and the Huguenot Children's Library on the library's home page.
LWVNR Book Discussions Explore 'Votes for Women' and the Long Struggle for the 19th Amendment
The League of Women Voters of New Rochelle, funded by a Humanities NY 'Reading and Discussion' grant, is sponsoring four virtual "Votes for Women" themed book groups starting this fall. This is one of many ways planned to honor the August 26, 1920 final certification and passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States.

The first book is Seneca Falls and the Origin of the Women's Rights Movement, by Sally McMillen and will be facilitated by New Rochelle City Historian Barbara Davis on September 30, at 5:30 pm. 

Three more book discussions will follow on dates to be announced and include African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920, by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn; Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life, by Lori D. Ginzberg; and A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, by Mary Walton.

Each Zoom session will be limited to 12 participants. Copies of the Seneca Falls book are now held at the New Rochelle Library under League Book Group and can be reserved and picked up curbside by calling 914-813-3737 or during browsing sessions. See the NRPL website for hours.
Please contact Joan Alexander to reserve a spot at royjoanalex@ or 914-632-2308. Automatic reminders will be sent out via Zoom.

LWV membership is open to all people and FREE membership for students. Information on membership is available on the League website.
Senior Law Day - Free Online Consultations!
In addition to the near weekly schedule of informative webinars, the Senior Law Day Collaborative is happy to make available one-to-one consultations via Zoom. Consults are on September 24. Registration opens at 9 am that day for sessions that will take place between 10 am and 12 pm.  Find out more and register at