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Latin American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe Latin American Heritage (also known as Hispanic Heritage) Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit the Library of Congress's resource page, including information and exhibits from the National Gallery of Art, the National Archies, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Library Programs:

  • Lee Latinx - Read Latinx (Bingo) - An all-ages reading challenge for Latinx Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15, pick up a bingo card from any of our branches. Then read and listen to books and works written, illustrated by, and about Latinx people. When you complete a row, show library staff, fill out the attached ticket, and enter to win a $50 gift card to the local book store of your choice! Final day to turn in your ticket is Sunday, October 22. One entry per person. Winners will be notified in early November.

  • Lotería Night at Lupulo Craft Beer House Wednesday, October 4th 7 - 9pm. For those who don’t know, Lotería, Spanish for "lottery," is a traditional game of chance. It is similar to Bingo, but uses images on a deck of cards instead of numbered balls. Have fun and win some prizes!

  • Latin American Heritage Month Film Festival - Join us for a series of films celebrating the arts and cultures of Latin America.
    • Capitola Branch Library: We’ll have tasty treats and watch a movie every other Saturday from 3:30-5pm
              Sept 16th: Made in Mexico
              Sept 30: Encanto
              Oct 14: Instructions Not Included
    • Felton Branch Library: Family movie matinee every 3rd Wednesday of the Month
      • Sept 20: Encanto!

      • Special Preschool Storytime: Latin American Heritage Month & Craft - October 5th 11am-12pm @ Felton. This week, we will celebrate Latin American Heritage Month with a special storytime and tissue paper flowers craft!

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