¡Celebremos! Let’s celebrate!
It is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
September 15-October 15
Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, commemorating Independence Day for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. During the month, Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively.
Check out what's happening @ your library
The Harris County (Texas) Public Library will celebrate with a Mexican fiesta favorite – piñatas! Children will make their very own mini piñatas that they can take home and display or fill with candy.
Lee County (Fla.) Public Library will host "More Tales from Latin America," during which storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams will perform Hispanic stories. Stories will represent various Hispanic cultures including:
- Mariposa Martinez (a Cuban tale)
- How Color Came to the World (an Aztec myth)
- The Proud Cuckoo Bird (a Mayan tale from Mexico)
- Medio Pollito (a folktale from Spain)
Families visiting the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library will be transported to Mexico with Family Fun @ your library: Let’s Visit Mexico Off the Beaten Path. The program will explore traditional Mexican art and food, led by an artist from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Families will create a Mexican tree of life that includes a symbol or representation of each family member.
Further Reading: Pura Belpré Award
Visit your local library for National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Or, check out a book by a Pura Belpré Award winner. The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. A team of children's librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, selects the winners.
For ideas on how you can spend quality time with your children and teens learning about history, check out the Cultural Heritage section of the Connect with your kids @ your library Family activity guide.