Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
Today, residents of Hispanic or Latinx origin make up nearly 56% of Osceola County's population, 18% of which were born in Spanish-speaking countries such as Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela, according to the July 2019 United States Census QuickFacts. Our Puerto Rican community was 123,000 strong as of the 2018 American Community Survey of the United States Census. The impact of this diversity on everything from art to business to politics is profound, and Osceola County is all the richer for it.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and explore traditions and cultural contributions of Hispanics and Latinxs on American life through performers, food, history, language and more! Remember all Library materials and eResources are available free with your Library card. If you don't have a Library card with us yet, find out how to sign up for a Library Card or eCard!
Brief History on Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month (30 days) in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to honor significant dates in Hispanic culture and history.
- September 15: Independence Day for Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
- September 16: Independence Day for Mexico
- September 18: Independence Day for Chile
- October 12: Día de la Raza (Columbus Day), which celebrates the cultural diversity of Latin America. In Costa Rica it is known as Día de las Culturas and in Venezuela it is known as Día de la Resistencia Indígena.
Video Programs for Hispanic Heritage Month
- Bilingual Storytimes
LIVE: Mother Goose y Amigos Storytime -- Bienvenido to Mother Goose y Amigos! Journey with us as we explore the Spanish language in this unique bi-lingual Mother Goose Storytime. Be sure to attend at the broadcast premiere to chat LIVE with your storytime friends.
- 11am, Wednesday, October 7: YouTube Link Coming soon!
- 11am, Wednesday, October 14: YouTube Link Coming soon!
- Art Programs
- 2pm, Wednesday, September 16 - EN VIVO: Hora de Arte: Florero De Vidrio Manchado / Art Time: Stained Glass Vases -- This program will have two videos, one entirely in Spanish and the other entirely in English. En Español en YouTube - English YouTube Video - Muestra tu estilo y carácter creando su propio florero de vidrio manchado. Materiales recomendados: florero de vidrio, pintura delineador de vidrio en oro o negro, y varios colores de pintura de vidrio. En vivo en YouTube. / Show off your style and character creating your very own stained glass vase. Recommended materials: glass vase, glass liner paint in gold or black, and various colors of glass paint. Powered by YouTube.
- 2pm, Wednesday, September 30 - EN VIVO: Hora de Arte: Acrílico Derramado / Art Time: Acrylic Pouring -- This program will have two videos, one entirely in Spanish and the other entirely in English. YouTube Links coming soon! -- Elabora piezas únicas de pintura abstracta utilizando la técnica de acrílico derramado. Materiales recomendados: pintura acrílica en varios colores, lienzo 8x10”, jabón líquido, agua, y vasos plásticos. En vivo en YouTube. / Create unique abstract painting pieces using the acrylic pouring technique. Recommended supplies: acrylic paint in various colors, 8x10” canvas, liquid soap, water, and plastic cups. Powered by YouTube.
- 2pm, Wednesday, October 7 - EN VIVO: Hora de Arte: Cuentas de Papel / Art Time: Paper Beads -- This program will have two videos, one entirely in Spanish and the other entirely in English. YouTube Links coming soon! -- Diseñe joyas únicas hechas a mano utilizando cuentas de papel. Materiales recomendados: papel reciclado, como revistas, páginas de libros antiguos o cajas de cereales; elástico, tijeras, una regla, pegamento, palillos de dientes, un bloque de espuma de poliestireno y mod podge. En vivo en YouTube. / Design unique, handmade jewelry using paper beads. Recommended materials: recycled paper such as magazines, old book pages, or cereal boxes; elastic, scissors, a ruler, glue, toothpicks, a Styrofoam block, and mod podge. Powered by YouTube.
- Dance Programs
- 10am, Monday, September 28 - Latin Dance for Beginners: Salsa -- YouTube Link -- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Moonlight Dance Studio as they teach the basics of Salsa.
- 10am, Monday, October 5 - Latin Dance for Beginners: Bachata -- YouTube Link -- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Moonlight Dance Studio as they teach the basics of Bachata.
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Explore the Spanish Language
- eLibrary and On the Web
From the Library:
- Mango Languages (Learn Spanish)
- ODILO - Ortografía correcta del español (Gain confidence in writing in Spanish)
- cloudLibrary (Collection of books in Spanish)
- Mother Goose y Amigos Bilingual Storytimes on our YouTube channel
On the Web:
- Library Resources
- ODILO - eBooks, films, and eAudiobooks in Spanish
- Living Language: Spanish
- Drive Time Spanish: Beginner Level & Advanced Level
- 15-Minute Spanish: Learn in Just 12 Weeks
- Spanish in 100 Days
- Spanish for Dummies
Books on CD:
- On Hoopla Digital and Kanopy
- Read More Online
- Smithsonian Institute
- International Center for the Arts of the Americas - Documents of Latin American and Latino Art
- National Gallery of Art
- The Frida Kahlo Foundation - Frida Kahlo
- Local Hispanic Artists
- hoopla eBooks: Latina & Latino Stories & Experiences*
- cloudLibrary: Fiction - Hispanic & Latino*
*The above lists also include non-Hispanic authors.
- Gabriel García Márquez
- Laura Esquivel
- Isabel Allende (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Sandra Cisneros (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Junot Díaz
- Paulo Coelho
- Carlos Fuentes (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Julia Alvarez (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Ingrid Rojas Contreras
- Luis Alberto Urrea (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Carmen Maria Machado (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Jorge Luis Borges (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Octavio Paz (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Federico García Lorca (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Cherríe Moraga
- Elizabeth Acevedo (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Adam Silvera (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Anna-Marie McLemore
- Zoraida Córdova (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Lilliam Rivera
- Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Nina Moreno (Local author and former Osceola Library employee!)
- Erika L. Sánchez
- Pam Muñoz Ryan (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Pablo Cartaya
- Celia C. Pérez
- Carlos Alberto Hernandez
- Matt de la Peña (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Duncan Tonatiuh (Catalog Link) (hoopla)
- Library Books
- The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Pelaez
- Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen by Esteban Castillo
- Daisy: Morning, Noon, and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes by Daisy Martinez
- Elsie’s Turkey Tacos and Arroz con Pollo: More Than 100 Latin-Flavored, Great-Testing Recipes for Working Moms by Elsie Ramos
- The Latin Table: Easy, Flavorful Recipes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Beyond by Isabel Cruz
- Isabel's Cantina: Bold Latin Flavors from the New California Kitchen by Isabel Cruz
- Bistro Latino: Home Cooking Fired Up with the Flavors of Latin America by Rafael Palomino
- Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Lomo Saltado, Anticuchos, Tiraditos, Alfajores, and Pisco Cocktails by Martin Morales
- Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist by Ingrid Hoffmann
- Nuevos Clasicos Latinos: Ideas Frescas para Platos Favoritos by Chef Lorena Garcia
- Cocinando con Chaban: 75 Recetas Saludables con Sabor Latino para Lograr y Mantener tu Peso Ideal by Alejandro Chaban
- Latin d'lite: Deliciosas Recetas Latinas con un Toque Saludable by Ingrid Hoffmann
- Muy Bueno: Tres Generaciones de Auténtico Sabor Mexicano: Recetas, Historias by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack
- Latino Cuisine and Its Influence on American Foods: The Taste of Celebration by Jean Ford
- Cocinando para Latinos con Diabetes - Cooking for Latinos with Diabetes by Olga V. Fuste
- eLibrary and Databases
- Cocina latina ligera by Johana Clavel
- El libro esencial de recetas mexicanas para Instant Pot by Deborah Schneider
- Especias que curan by Josep Lluis Berdonces
In Gale OneFile:
- On the Web
- USDA National Agricultural Library: Genuine Puerto Rican Recipes
- University of Illinois Extension - Fiesta of Flavors: Hispanic Recipes for People with Diabetes
- Food Network: Latin American Recipes
- Hispanic Kitchen
- On Kanopy
- Visiones: Latino Art & Culture Series
- Play, Jankunú Play: The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual of Belize
- Remembering the Mamoncillo Tree: Recordando el Mamoncillo
- Subtango, the Spirit of Tango
- Over the Waves - A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.
- Pass the Mic! - Latin Hip-Hop Culture
- Mariachi High
- Songs of the Homeland: History of Tejano Music
- On the Web
- Folk Dances Around the World
- Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura - Compañía Nacional de Danza Folklórica
- TEDx Talks - Mariachi | Mariachi Sol Azteca | TEDxTucson
- Smithsonian Channel - The Accordion Kings
- eLibrary and Databases
Gale In Context Middle School:
- Library Books
- Extraordinary Hispanic Americans by Cesar Alegre
- Hispanic Heritage series by various authors
- Hispanic Scientists: Ellen Ochoa, Carlos A. Ramírez, Eloy Rodriguez, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Maria Elena Zavala by Jetty St. John
- A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More Than 50 Activities by Valerie Petrillo
- Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera
- Central America: Facts and Figures by Charles J. Shields
- Discovering Central America series by Charles J. Shields
- Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
- Latino History and Culture by Ilan Stavans
- Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan González
- War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony by Nelson A. Denis
- Cubans in America: A Vibrant History of a People in Exile by Alex Antón
- Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History by Michael LaRosa
- The History Atlas of South America by Edwin Early
- The History of Mexico by Burton Kirkwood
- On the Web
- Library of Congress
- National Park Service
- Smithsonian Institution - The Great Ink Road: Engineering an Empire
Resources for Parents and Teachers
- National Endowment for the Humanities - Teacher's Guide: Hispanic Heritage and History in the United States
- Smithsonian Institute - Hispanic Resources
- ¡Colorín Colorado! - Celebrate Reading in Two Languages: A Bilingual Booklist
- ODILO - Includes Spanish bestsellers