Books to read during Hispanic Heritage Month

Book Covers

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – story about a family who emigrate to the United States from Mexico. (eBook via OverDrive)

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia – novel about Cuban culture through the experience of three generations of women. (Print)

Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos – non-fiction book about the complexities and diversity of the Latino community. (eBook via OverDrive)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – story of a 12-year-old girl growing up in her Latino neighborhood. (Print – both English and Spanish versions)

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez – story of the immigrant experience and finding a place to belong. (Print)

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez – story about finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. (eAudiobook & eBook via OverDrive)

Inventing Latinos: a New Story of American Racism by Laura Gomez – non-fiction book that explores the changes of Latino identity over time. (eBook via Ebsco)

Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – novel about two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. (eBook via OverDrive)

History of Comics and Graphic Novels

Almost everyone has heard of DC and Marvel and the fantastic superheroes within their universes., but the world of graphic novels and comics go so much deeper!

First, what is a comic book versus a graphic novel? This can be hard to answer. Forms of graphic story telling have been around since the first cave paintings according to the Encyclopedia of Literature. Humans having been drawing pictures to tell stories for as long as we have been around, but comic books and graphic novels are something more specific. Britannica Academic says graphic novels are a “long comic narrative for a mature audience, published in hardback or paperback and sold in bookstores, with serious literary themes and sophisticated artwork.” Comics tend to be shorter and are published periodically. Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories is often considered the first graphic novel. Maus: a survivor’s tale by Art Spiegelman and Watchmen by Alan Moore are some of the earliest popular graphic novels.

Graphic Novels are not just for kids. They often contain adult themes and comment on controversial political and social issues. X-men isn’t just about mutants and superheroes. It’s about the Civil Rights Movement. Interested yet? Come check out Tarleton Libraries comic and graphic novel collection on the upper level of the library. Most graphic novels start at call number PN 6700. Graphic novels for kids will be mixed into the Curriculum Collection. on the lower level. Our collection is small but it’s growing!

Tarleton library shelf with graphic novels

Currently, Tarleton’s top 10 most popular graphic novels are:

10. Roderick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid By Jeff Kinney, PZ7 .K6232 DK 2013 EB

9. Crown by Shinju Wada, art by You Higuri, PN6790 .J34 C76 2008 V.1

8. Mixed Vegetables by Ayumi Komura, PN6790 .J34 M5913 V.1

7. The Sandman V. 1&2 by Neil Gaiman, PN6728 .S26 G37 2003

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, PZ7 .K6232 DK 2008

5. The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracey edited by Herb Galewitz, NC1429 .G58 A43

4. Japan Inc. : an introduction to Japanese economics by Shōtarō Ishinomori, HC462.9 .I7413 1988

3. The Complete Persepolis by Marhan Satrpi, PN6747 .S245 P4713 2007

2. Ichi-F: a worker’s graphic memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, TK1365 .J3 T3813 2017

1. Maus: a survivor’s tale v.1 &2 by Art Spiegelman, D810 .J4 S643 1992 V.1


Graphic novel. (2021). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from

Greenberger, R. (2020). Comic Book Ages. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature.

9 Beach Reads

CBS Essentials posted a list of 12 perfect summer beach reads for 2021. It was a good list! So I decided to post a list of 9 Beach Reads from the Tarleton Libraries collection. All of these titles are available from our OverDrive Collection.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Malibu rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery
Pack up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

Meet our Staff: Melinda Pleasant

Melinda Pleasant

Circulation Specialist
Rickett Library – Fort Worth

Hello everyone! I am originally from a small area in Northwest Louisiana near the town of Many and Toledo Bend Lake. My family and I moved to the Fort Worth area when my husband’s job changed, so my children are Louisiana-born and Texas-raised. After high school, I immediately started at Northwestern State University of Louisiana studying elementary education. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. Fun Fact: I worked three of my undergraduate summers at Walt Disney World in Orlando as a merchandising hostess. Before I moved to Texas, I taught elementary school and was a school librarian. After I moved here, I was a stay-at-home mom who earned a Masters of Library Science degree at UNT. The path that led me to Tarleton also included a few years as a reference librarian in a public library. As I have had a life-long dream of working in a university library, I am HONORED to be here working as a circulation specialist. In my spare time I read, listen to music, and play video games. I go in cycles with my preferences, but recently I have been binging Beatles and Bee Gees tunes, and playing Animal Crossing! I am pleased to be here and look forward to getting to know you all.

Meet our Staff: Allison Nolan

Allison Nolan
Reference Librarian
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 112A

My name is Allison Nolan, and I am the new Reference Librarian here at Tarleton! I received my Bachelors in English and Humanities from Valparaiso University in 2017, and my Masters of Library Science from Indiana University in 2020. I love helping students navigate library resources and the research process, creating fun programs and displays to engage students with the library’s collections and services, and doing outreach with student groups.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy watching Netflix, cooking meals for myself, and going out to karaoke and trivia nights. I don’t currently have any pets, but I’d love to get a cat in the near future. I moved here from Northwest Indiana, and so far I’m loving exploring my new town. I also can’t wait for lake effect snow to not be a thing come winter!

I can’t wait to get to know the Tarleton community and help the library better serve you. Come find me in my office, or anywhere on or near campus where coffee can be found. I use a purple walker and a blue scooter, so I’m pretty easy to spot. Hope to see you soon!

Juneteenth-Emancipation Day

Today in 1865 Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This was the first news of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863 to reach Texas. The approximately 250,00 slaves learned of their freedom over the next few months as plantation owners informed their bondsmen of the news.

The first Juneteenth celebrations were political functions used to educate freed African American about their voting rights. Shortly they came to become festivities throughout the state, organized by official Juneteenth committees in some parts of the state. In Austin Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1867 organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau, by 1872 it was listed on the calendar of public events. These celebrations often are a time of family reunions and the family history during slavery and since are recalled. While originally an event only found in Texas as families have moved to other states the Juneteenth celebrations have traveled with them.

To see the Emancipation Proclamation and learn more about it visit:

To learn more about Juneteenth visit the Handbook of Texas Online at: 


Juneteenth, Celebrate Freedom. Pan-african flag drawn with brush in grunge style

Do you know the history of Juneteenth? It is the holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas when they learned in 1865 they had been freed by President Lincoln. It is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States and is also known as Emancipation Day.

The Library will be hosting Emancipation Day (Juneteenth Activities) on Friday, June 18th. Come listen to

  • Emancipation in African American Texan Art by Professor Chris Ireland
  • The Importance of Juneteenth for our Community by Dr. Jason LaTouche

Friday, June 18, 2021,  11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

In the Dick Smith Library Multi-Purpose Room (Room 104) or via Zoom:

The Joe R. and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long ODIIP will be distributing shirts recognizing the holiday while quantities last.

Poppies Commemorate Veterans

November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.  –
the world celebrated the end of World War I.
That day was then known as Armistice Day; In the United States, it is now called Veterans Day
In England, this day is known as Remembrance Day and is symbolized by the poppy.  On the English battlefields of Flanders, the only thing that grew on those fields were poppies.  John McCrae, a doctor with the Canadian Armed Forces, seeing these flowers dotting the fields where soldiers had given their lives, wrote a poem named, In Flanders’ Fields
The poem so inspired an American War Secretary, Moina Michael, that she began selling poppies to raise money for ex-servicemen.  A postage stamp has been created to honor her work in recognizing service men through the poppy.  The tradition continued to grow through the work of Major George Howson, an infantry officer, who formed the Disabled Society.  These disabled men and women of WWI could easily create an imitation poppy that was sold to others as commemorations to be worn on Remembrance Day.   The proceeds from the poppies helped support the ex-servicemen.  Poppies are still worn on lapels, hats, and clothing.  Poppies are placed on graves, in wreaths, and upon cenotaphs as symbols of remembrance.

                                                                    In Flanders’ Fields by Lt. Col. John McCrae
In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row.
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly,
Scare heard amidst the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe,
To you from failing hands we throw
The Torch – be yours to hold it high;
If ye break faith with us who die.
We shall not sleep though poppies grow
In Flanders’ fields.
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