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Cinco de Mayo

¡Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was better armed and three times as large. The battle occurred after Emperor Napoleon III of France sent troops to Mexico to conquer the country. Despite the Mexican victory at Puebla, the French later gained control of Mexico City and established a French-supported government there. In 1866 and 1867, however, France withdrew its troops from Mexico because of resistance by many Mexicans and pressure from the United States. The French-backed government soon fell.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated differently in different areas. Some Mexican towns hold small celebrations, including parades or town meetings and speeches. In the United States, celebrations often include parades, folk dancing, speeches, carnival rides, and Mexican music.

There is still time to learn a few words of Spanish before celebrating Cinco de Mayo (literally the five of May.) The library has an asombroso (amazing!) database to help you learn a foreign language. It’s called Mango. Click here to connect!

Did you know that the Learning Express Library database is available in Spanish? Native speakers can improve literacy and math skills, and prepare for the GED exam. It’s just a click away from the library’s homepage.

Love to read foreign titles in the original language? Browse the shelves in the Adult Circulation area for Spanish language literature. You’ll find works by Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Esmeralda Santiago and more!
Look for call numbers 861.6-868.608.

Don’t miss out on Spanish films. Look for some classics as well as newer titles: Biutiful, Carancho, Che, Don Carlos, It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Legend of Zorro, The Maid, Persona, The Thin Red Line, & Volver!

There’s more to authentic Mexican food than tacos!

Check out a Mexican cookbook and celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday with a traditional recipe. Browse the international cookbooks in our collection! Mexican cooking is at Call # 641.5972

Look for these titles:

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy Call # 641.5972 KEN


My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats
by Fany Gerson. Call # 641.5972 GER

Mexico One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayliss Call # 641.5972 BAY

¡Ole!- Mexican Music -Lots of “South of the Border” music! Check out the Folk and International music shelves in the Adult Collection.

The Children’s Room has lots of Spanish language materials: books, movies, and CDs!

More topics about Mexico:

Down & Delirious in Mexico City: the Aztec metropolis in the twenty-first century by Daniel Hernandez. Call # 972.53 HER

Mexico: what everyone needs to know by Roderic Ai Camp Call # 972 CAM

Planning a trip to Mexico? Look for travel guides at Call # 917.2

¡Adios!

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