Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated during the second half of September and the first half of October. It began as a way to promote the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic-Americans. More specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Manatee Libraries will celebrate with a Virtual Fiesta highlighting Hispanic and Latin American culture and history through educational discussions, activities and online resources.


hispanic heritage month

Saturday, October 3, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fun for the whole family during our Virtual Fiesta! Check out the lineup below.

11:05 a.m.: Hispanic v. Latino v. Spanish discussion
11:30 a.m.: Dr. Evelisse Capo, the Food Pharmacy, healthy Latin cooking demo 
12:25 p.m.: Cuban Cigar History presentation
12:45 p.m.: Make an Amate Painting (Supplies you will need: brown paper bags, black markers, and bright tempera or acrylic paint) 
1:10 p.m.: YA Book Talk
1:25 p.m.: Adult Book Talk
1:40 p.m.: Latin Entertainment Kahoot Trivia 

Sponsored by the Manatee Library Foundation
Email aileen.valdes@mymanatee.org to register. 



Film Discussion: Soy Nero

Thursday, October 1st, 7-8 p.m. with the Manatee Film Society. Nero, born and raised in Los Angeles but deported to Mexico, crosses the border illegally to return to the only home he's known. Risking life for nation, he becomes a "green card soldier" in the U.S. army as a shortcut to citizenship. This film is available with a Manatee Libraries’ card through Hoopla. Email ana.felicianochico@mymanatee.org to register. 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Cuban Rancheros of Emerson Pointe

Tuesday, October 6, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Presented by Sara Alvarez-Collazo of the Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department: Join us to learn more about the local historical presence of Hispanic culture in Manatee County. Manatee county's coastline was the perfect fish-rich environment Cuban fishermen needed to settle and create villages, or ranchos. These ranchos were a hub of local commerce, trade and culture where Cuban fishermen and natives intermingled freely leaving a rich inheritance of mixed culture and race. 

Email aileen.valdes@mymanatee.org to register


  • The Library of Congress: Hispanic Heritage Month: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.