Hispanic Heritage Month at Broward County Libraries Celebrates
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 “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One Beautiful Hispanic lady dressed in cultural outfit.American Spirit”

According to the 2010 Census, 37 million U.S. residents ages five and older spoke Spanish at home. The Hispanic culture – food, dance, language, literature and more – has greatly influenced U.S. culture, paving the way for Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to honor and celebrate those contributions.

Throughout the history of the United States, people have come from various parts of the globe to contribute to the building and growth of our nation. The commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, held annually from September 15 through October 15, is a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate Hispanic roots and educate those who aren’t Hispanic about the richness and diversity of the various Latin American cultures.

Hispanic Heritage Week was first approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson in September of 1968. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 31-day period and was officially enacted into law on August 17, 1988. September 15 was chosen as the kick-off day for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Five Fun Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week with Broward County Library

  1. Start your own “Hispanic Heritage” music collection by downloading free songs from Broward County Library via Freegal. Use your library card number to download free samba, bolero, salsa, merengue, regional Mexican or Colombian music as well as other Latino/Hispanic genres.
  2. Pick up a Spanish-language film from BCL’s extensive international DVD collection. Find classics from renowned directors such as Pedro Almodovar or more recent favorites like Biutiful and Carancho.
  3. Learn to make the perfect paella with a free “Spanish Cooking 101” class from Universal Class, an online classroom that offers non-credit courses for personal enrichment. Just use your library card number to log on and learn!
  4. Take in a free exhibit of works from Hispanic artists at three BCL locations: Northwest Regional, South Regional/Broward College and Southwest Regional libraries.
  5. Listen to the Language: Take your child to a bilingual storytime or check out a bilingual Toastmaster’s demonstrations going on during Hispanic Heritage Month (see list below). Or, visit the library catalog to browse for Spanish-language audiobooks.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month at these fabuloso displays and events:

Displays: Hispanic Heritage - Countries, Colors, & Crafts, North Regional/Broward College Library; Jose Herazo-Osorio - Interpretive, Inspirational Oil Paintings, Northwest Regional Library; Our Hispanic Heritage - Many Different Lands, Northwest Regional Library; Hispanic Heritage Books, Stirling Road Branch Library; Paintings by Gloriela Araujo, South Regional/Broward College Library; Paintings by Ida Pretucetti, Southwest Regional Library.

Events: (Library locations and hours)

September 15 - Constitution & Citizenship Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 15 - Celebrating Hispanic Businessmen Presentation, noon to 1 p.m., Northwest Branch Library
September 15 - Salsa Con Salsa, 2 to 3 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Branch Library
September 18 - The Poetry & Life of Chilean Poet, Pablo Neruda. Celebrate with us & bring your favorite Neruda poem to read to the audience, 2 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
September 19 - Book Discussion, 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 19 - Café Literario, 6 to 8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 20 - Mariachi Mexico Internacional Si Senor, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Stirling Road Branch Library
September 22 - Bilingual Toastmasters Demonstration, noon to 1p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 22 - Music of the Andes Concert, 2 to 3 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library
September 22 & October 13 - Hispanic Heritage Month Film, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
September 26 - Family Bilingual Storytime; Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with stories & music with a Latin beat; all ages; pre-register, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 28 & October 12 - Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pembroke Pines Branch Library
September 29 - Si Senior Mariachi Band Performance, 1 to 1:45 p.m., West Regional Library
September 29 - Mariachi Concert - Voces de America, 1 to 2 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
September 29 - Introduction to Quechua, 2 to 3 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Branch Library
September 29 - Cuban America - an independent documentary film, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
October 2 - Hispanic-American Literature Discussion with Professor Lourdes Rodriguez-Florido of Broward College, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
October 3 - Club the Lectura/Reading Club, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tamarac Branch Library
October 9 - Mariachi Concert - Voces De America, 1 to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
October 13 - Bilingual Toastmasters - Public Speaking in a Bilingual World, 1 to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
October 13 - Hispanic Heritage Month, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
October 13 - Cuban America Documentary, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library

 Hispanic/Latino Dance, Music, Art, Literature and Culture Selection:

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Currents from the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry, edited by Ray Gonzalez More...

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Latino Folklore and Culture: Stories of Family, Traditions of Pride, by Ellyn Sanna More...

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The Best of Latino Heritage: A Guide to the Best Juvenile Books About Latino People and Cultures, by Isabel Schon More...

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Wachale! Poetry and Prose About Growing Up Latino in America, edited by Illan Stevens More...
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Latin Music USA! (DVD) More...
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Music in Latin American: Regional Traditions, by John M. Schecter More...
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Salsa: Musical Heartbeat of Latin America, by Sue Steward More...
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Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, by John Beardesley More...
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St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists: Profiles of Latino and Latin-American Artists, edited by Thomas Riggs More...

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Hispanic-American Crafts That Kids Can Do, by Fay Robinson More...