Hispanic Heritage Month at Broward County Libraries Celebrates "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit"
  
  
DATE: August 16, 2012
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CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
EMAIL: cmcelrath@browardlibrary.org
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954-357-7402

According to the 2010 United States Census, 37 million residents of our country ages five and older speak Spanish at home. 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.

Initially, President Lyndon B. Johnson approved "Hispanic Heritage Week" in 1968. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a month 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.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month at these Broward County Library events and displays:

Events
August 22, 29
- El Club - Conversacion en español, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
August 22, September 12, 26 & October 9, 24 - El Club - Conversacion en español, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
September 10 & October 8 - Let’s Read & Learn & Practice Spanish: ages 4-10; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; preregister; Northwest Regional Library
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 - Tres Viedas: Chamber Music, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
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 and 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 /Walter C. Young Resource Center
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; preregister, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center
September 28 & October 12 - Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center
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 - Paco Moreno and Friends Concert, 2 to 3 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
October 13
- Cuban America - independent documentary film, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library

October 13 - Film, 3 to 5 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

 

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.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.

 
 
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