Initially celebrated as Hispanic Heritage week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, it was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan. The start date of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. With Mexico, Belize and Chile celebrating their independence September 16, 18 and 21.
Here is a small sample of events that are happening at the library during Hispanic Heritage month to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural impact that Latin Americans have had on the nation and society.
- Enjoy the sounds of Latin America through music by Melao de Cuba and Sávila and Los Boricuas.
- Paint your own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one in the Decorate a Sugar Skull program.
- Make one of a kind table decorations or keepsakes for your quinceañera.
- Play Mexican Bingo (Lotería) and listen to live music.
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