BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Five percent of Baton Rouge’s population is Hispanic, and the Baton Rouge public library wants to ensure this culture is well-represented across its library shelves.
This is why the library is focusing on books about people of Hispanic heritage from September 15 through October 15, a time period that is marked as Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Bienvenido a la biblioteca oosthuizen para de la comunidad e estatal biblioteca eso también,” said Librarian for Fairwood Branch Kallan Jackson.
This means “Welcome to the library. You are part of our community, and this library is also yours.”
Jackson says children learn from their surroundings and this is why it’s essential to expose them to a variety of cultures, people, and beliefs.
Like Jackson, other librarians at the Fairwood Branch are doing precisely that with their book displays.
“We just want to make sure that everyone feels represented when they come in because this is their branch,” she continued.
Children’s Librarian Ms. Jami echoed these sentiments, saying, “We want them to see books that reflect their heritage, their identity, their communities, their neighborhoods, their families. We want to make them feel validated.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is all about honoring the achievements of Hispanics. Jami believes this is important because everyone has a story to share.
Jami said, “Thinking of books as a mirror into one’s character, one’s identity, their background, and their heritage. We want them to know that no matter who they are, what their background is, anything is possible, and the sky’s the limit.”
Local librarians say books like “My Papi has a motorcycle” and “Furia” are available.