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    Hispanic Heritage Month

    by Kim Mattingly

    Hispanic Heritage month, a time to celebrate Hispanic and Latin American contributions to the United States, occurs during the 30-day period from September 15-October 15. Hispanic Heritage recognition began as a seven-day event during Lyndon B. Johnson’s time as President, but was expanded into a month-long event and written into law by Ronald Reagan in 1988. September 15th was chosen as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of the day when five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, received their independence.

    The Daviess County Public Library would like to invite you to join in on the celebration and recognition. Children 12 and younger are invited to “shake” things up by painting maracas at our Family Fun Night September 24th from 6:30-7:30.

    The Owensboro Human Relations Commission, the Daviess County High School Spanish Honor Society/Spanish Club, and the Daviess County Public Library will present a Hispanic Heritage month fiesta on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (or until supplies last) at the Daviess County Public Library. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate fun, educational activities and crafts, such as painting wooden animals in the style of Oaxaco, Mexico.

    The Daviess County Public Library also has books written in Spanish for children and adults, as well as DVD’s , books, and audiobooks that teach the Spanish language. For more information about the upcoming programs, or the available Spanish materials, call 270-684-0211 ext. 237.

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