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Library Events Calendar

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Huston-Tillotson University may limit in-person activities or cancel at short notice.

In compliance with recommendations from the City of Austin, the Centers for Disease Control, and President Burnette, the Downs-Jones Library is therefore adapting any in-person events for the Fall 2021 Semester.

The Downs-Jones Library looks forward to engaging with students and celebrating our HT Rams in Fall 2021 with exciting activities! Watch this space for updates and announcements.


Online Events:

September 15 – October 15, 2021: Reading Hispanic Heritage Month

Read along with the Downs-Jones Library and explore our recommended reading list to discover a world of Hispanic, Latinx, and Indigenous authors in both English and Spanish!

Some of the books on this list are available in the library for checkout; others are eBooks or audiobooks available for download through OverDrive or the EBSCO eBook Collection. All books are free to read (or listen). Don’t see a book or author that should be here? Let us know at or recommend a title in OverDrive.

View the PDF below to see the full list (opens in new tab). Titles of eBooks are clickable and link to the download page for each book. Library username and password sign-in required.


Past Online Events:

Celebrate Afro-Latinidad & Panamanian Roots at HT: A Conversation with Javier Wallace, Founder and Guide of Black Austin Tours

  • Join us online to learn more about how Latinx students have been a vital part of HT’s diverse history! Watch your HT email for a link to the livestream.
  • September 23, 2020, at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Missed it? Watch the recorded talk on our YouTube channel

Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Challenge – September 15 – October 15, 2020

  • Reading Latinx Voices (click for PDF)
  • Check out these books by Latinx authors available FREE on OverDrive, our eBooks & Audiobooks platform!
  • Brushing up on your Spanish? Our Spanish LibGuide is here to help with free language learning resources


Banner for President's Book Club reading "Believe that you are more than enough: Read with the President's Book Club".

2020-2021 President’s Book Club: Reading More Than Enough: Making Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)


Spring and Summer 2022 Closures

  • Winter Break: Saturday, January 1 – Sunday, January 2, 2022
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Staff Spring Break: Thursday, March 17 – Friday, March 18, 2022
  • Easter Holidays: Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17, 2022
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 30, 2022
  • Proclamation Day (Observed): Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Independence Day: Monday, July 4, 2022

Online resources are continuously available – Chat with a Librarian reference services are suspended for these dates, and the library building is closed.

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