National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. This month offers us the opportunity to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture, especially in literature.
The origins of this celebration began in 1968 when it was known as Hispanic Heritage Week. It was expanded by President Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. September 15 was chosen as the first day of this heritage month because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16 and 18, Mexico and Chile, respectively, celebrate their independence.
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Latin American Cinema streaming through Access Video
Adult Books in Spanish
Children's Books in Spanish