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Fall 2022 Closures


  • Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 23 – Saturday, November 26, 2022
  • Winter Break: Monday, December 19, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023

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


Fall 2022 Library Events


  • “A New Spain, 1521-1821” Exhibit: Fall 2022 in the Downs-Jones Library

Explore the cultural, social, and political evolution of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, which included Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Florida, and beyond, from the fall of Moctezuma’s Tenochtitlán to the rise of Iturbide’s Mexican Empire, through the artwork, blueprints, and documents produced by the people who lived there. Walk through 18 displays reproduced from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, organized and arranged by Dr. Albert A. Palacios, PhD, or visit the full exhibition online from any device.


  • “A New Spain, 1521-1821” Curator’s Tour: Monday, September 19, 2022 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Dr. Albert A. Palacios, PhD, Digital Scholarship Coordinator at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, will lead a tour through the exhibit on display in the Downs-Jones Library, exploring the materials in more depth and answering questions from attendees. More information coming soon!


  • Environmental Literature Book Club & Author Visit: Thursday, November 3, 2022 – 7:30 PM

Mr. Keenan Norris, author of The Confession of Copeland Cane, this semester’s Environmental Literature read, will be visiting Huston-Tillotson to read, discuss, and sign his book! Pick up a free copy in the Downs-Jones Library to enjoy this “defining novel of the era at the intersection between Black Lives Matter and COVID-19” and “one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Novels of the Summer”. Watch this space (and your HT email) for more about this event.

Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive…

He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with confounding intentions, and a police state that has merged with media conglomerates―the highly-rated Insurgency Alert Desk that surveils and harasses his neighborhood in the name of anti-terrorism.

Recruited by the nearby private school even as he and his folks face eviction, Copeland is doing his damnedest to do right by himself, for himself. And yet the forces at play entrap him in a reality that chews up his past and obscures his future. Copeland’s wry awareness of the absurd keeps life passable, as do his friends and their surprising array of survival skills. And yet in the aftermath of a protest rally against police violence, everything changes, and Copeland finds himself caught in the flood of history.

Set in East Oakland, California in a very near future, The Confession of Copeland Cane introduces us to a prescient and contemporary voice, one whose take on coming of age in America becomes a startling reflection of our present moment.


Past 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 OverDriveView this PDF 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.


  • 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! The livestream was September 23, 2020, at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. The recorded talk is now available on our YouTube channel!


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

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


Check out the many book clubs and read-ins that have brought the Huston-Tillotson community together with a shared love of reading by visiting the Campus Book Clubs page!



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