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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Published: September 18, 2018

To coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Library will be hosting a seminar on the many contributions that have been made by Latino-Americans during the history of the United States. This family-friendly presentation will help shine a light on the knowledge that diversity of experience and outlook enriches us all.

The list of influential people is both long and impressive, from literary greats like Gabriel García Márquez and Julia Alvarez to sports heroes like Roberto Clemente and Pelé to entertainment icons like Desi Arnaz and Lin-Manuel Miranda to government figures like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. These people showcase a depth of character and commitment to excellence that are models for any generation and any population.

As we explore the variety of folks and events that highlight the Latino-American impact on modern-day life, we’ll also talk about the many countries that we can credit under the term ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic.’ For example, all of Central and South America can be considered ‘Latino,’ from Argentina to Venezuela, along with the islands of the Caribbean. The depiction of what we often consider ‘south of the border’ is more wide-ranging and distinctive than we might imagine at first glance.

As we discover the many possibilities of Hispanic heritage, we’ll make a craft together, creating a take-home sombrero that offers a cultural nod to one of our closest neighbors, Mexico, while acknowledging that Latino culture is not at all monolithic but a fascinating mix of history and experience that’s still emerging and developing.

To take part in the session and dive headlong into the conversation, please join us at 4 pm on Thursday, September 27 at the St. Stephens Branch Library.