National Hispanic Heritage Month

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. 

Art Programs
  • 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 - 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. 
    • English YouTube Video - 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.
  • 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. En Español en YouTube -- 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.
    • English YouTube Video - 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.
  • 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. En Español en YouTube -- 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.
    • English YouTube Video - 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
  • Latin Dance for Beginners: Salsa -- YouTube Link -- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Moonlight Dance Studio as they teach the basics of Salsa.
  • Latin Dance for Beginners: Bachata -- YouTube Link -- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Moonlight Dance Studio as they teach the basics of Bachata.

Adult Programs for Hispanic Heritage Month

Buenaventura Lakes Library

El Festival de Frida: Celebrate the life and legacy of renowned artist and cultural icon, Frida Kahlo, through music, art, crafts, and dance! Sponsored by KUA. 

Ques Bonita Bandera: Show your Hispanic/Latinx heritage pride by joining local artist, Carlos Colon, as he teaches fluid art techniques to make unique, colorful flags! Supplies provided.

Hart Memorial Library

Latin Art ExhibitIn Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month artwork from various artists will be on display courtesy of Beatriz Andrekovich and CABETCAL. 

Poinciana Library
  • Loteria Game NightCelebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with an evening of Loteria! Learn how to play this Mexican bingo-style game of chance and win your own Loteria gift box set!
St. Cloud Library
  • Rumba with Moonlight Dance StudioDance the night away with Moonlight Dance Studio as they teach basic Rumba steps to bring out your inner Latin fire! Couples and singles welcome. No prior experience required. 
  • ​Spanish for BeginnersBoost your Spanish language skills. Learn basic conversational phrases that will help you communicate better on a daily basis. Presented by Ivonne Sanchez. Sponsored by the St. Cloud Friends of the Library.

Youth Programs for Hispanic Heritage Month

Rhythm, Rhyme, and Storytime

Hispanic Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate the wonderful achievements and culture of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. During today's storytime we will highlight through books, songs and activities the diversity and beauty of Spanish-speaking cultures and countries.

BiblioBoard

Voices!: The Osceola County's Hispanic/Latinx community is rich in heritage and vibrant with diversity. To recognize and celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, we welcome community members to share something interesting or special about their family history or culture. Submit your entry here.

ODILO

This Madrid-based platform offers content from the biggest Spanish language publisher to bring you thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks entirely in the Spanish language. 

  • Browse ODILO free with your Library card or eCard!

Explore the Spanish Language

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Hispanic Artists

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