September 15 through October 15 has been designated a time to celebrate the cultures, contributions, and histories of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. What began as a week set apart by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 expanded into a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

According to the, “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.”

WCPL invites children of all ages to celebrate Thursday, October 12, at 5 p.m. at the Lisa Rice Library:

¡Ven a celebrar el final del Mes de la Herencia Hispana con nosotros y haz una mini piñata! El mes de laherencia hispana es del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, donde celebramos la influencia de loshispanoamericanos en los Estados Unidos. ¡Aprende sobre los países celebrados y haz una mini piñatadesde cero! Para obtener más información, comuníquese con [email protected]. Regístrese aquí

Join us in celebrating the amazing contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to the United States! You’ll get to explore the different countries that are being honored, and even make a fun mini piñata to take home! If you have any questions or need more information, email us at [email protected]. Register here.

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