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Los Libros performers Peruvian Ensemble INCA
Maria Bonilla, Librarian

Close your eyes and listen to the percussion. Let it take you back to an ancient time when the great Inca empire ruled. La imaginación or imagination (nisqa) makes it easy to see the people with their ritual dances and textiles. Latin America is unique because it begins with the merging of three...

Author Mayra Cuevas and her novel Does My Body Offend You. Author Jessica Parra and her novel, Rubi Ramos’ Recipe for Success
Llyr Heller, Librarian

Realistic young adult fiction holds a special place in the hearts of many readers. It is a genre that offers relatable stories and voices that resonate with our communities, a sentiment that holds true regardless of one's age but is particularly crucial for the younger generation. Two remarkable...

Author Henry Barajas and his graphic novel, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo. An illustration of him receiving a medal of honor from President Barack Obama
Llyr Heller, Librarian

Graphic novels have become a captivating medium combining visual artistry and storytelling. The voices and perspectives of the Latino community have gained recognition thanks to authors like Henry Barajas. Through his work, Barajas celebrates the richness of Latino culture, exploring themes of...

Afro-Latinx authors: Torrey Maldonado, Tamika Burgess and Aya de Leon
Phoebe Swan Guiot, Senior Librarian

There is an enchanting power in stories woven by voices from diverse backgrounds. Stories from voices enrich our understanding, taking us on journeys through cultures and experiences we might never have known otherwise. We're privileged to explore three exceptional Afro-Latinx authors: Tamika...

Author and poet Yesika Salgado and her books Corazón, Hermosa, and Tesoro
Llyr Heller, Librarian

Yesika Salgado, a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet, has carved a distinctive path in the world of poetry. Her writing is about her family, her culture, her city, and her own body. She is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist and the recipient of the 2020 International Latino Book Award in...

Authors Cynthia Gonzalez and her book, The Life of/La Vida de Llort; Mariana Galvez and her book, My Pet Flamingo; and Juan Moreno and his book, El Pato y Sus Zapatos
Eva Mitnick, Director

What do a shoe-obsessed duck, a famous Salvadoran artist, and an opinionated flamingo have in common? They are all topics explored in delightful board books for babies and toddlers, written and/or illustrated by these talented writers and artists:

Mariana Galvez: Born in Zacatecas,...

Author and mental health therapist Cindy Montenegro and her book My Mind is a Mountain/Mi mente es una montaña
Salvadora Sosa Prieto, Administrative Clerk

Cindy Montenegro is not only the author of My Mind is a Mountain/Mi mente es una montaña but is also a dedicated mental health therapist. Her creative vision draws inspiration from cherished childhood memories, a deep appreciation for nature, and a passion for mental health. Through her writing...

Illustrators Mirelle Ortega, Leo Espinosa and Loris Lora
Eva Mitnick, Director

Children's books and stories can serve as bridges to connect people from different backgrounds and cultures. These talented artists have something exciting in common; they have all created books for children that have won the prestigious Pura Belpré Honor award.

Leo Espinosa: Originally...

Author Ari Tison and her books, Saints of the Household and Our Shadows Have Claws
Llyr Heller, Librarian

Ari Tison is an amazing Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) poet and author who has won several awards for her incredible work. Her latest accomplishment includes the release of her young adult hybrid novel, Saints of the Household in 2023, and she's also got an untitled young adult novel coming up...

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