From Gilman Libraries: Hispanic Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Join the Gilman Libraries in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Browse through our selected book recommendations or visit the library catalog for more options.


Nico Shelby ’22, Michael Hemker ’22, and Rigoberto Hernandez ’22 worked together this summer to form the Hispanic Awareness Club. “We meet during lunch and provide culturally specific foods and drinks. We also plan to hold occasional presentations about holidays and aspects of Hispanic culture,” Hernandez said.

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, members of the club created a presentation for Upper School assembly depicting various aspects of Hispanic influences on American culture. (View their presentation here.) It included foods such as empanadas, salsas, tortillas, and enchiladas, all which have made their way into American society. Sports like baseball and soccer have also been impacted by Hispanic Americans. Additionally, the presentation featured local Hispanic Americans who have made  significant contributions in Baltimore and beyond. “Dr. Arturo Casadevall is one of the leading COVID scientists at Johns Hopkins. Odette Ramos is the Baltimore City council member for district 14. She is also the first Hispanic person to hold office in Baltimore,” Hernandez said.

The Hispanic Awareness Club’s first meeting attracted about 60 participants. Hernandez said, “And we can’t wait to hold more.”