Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Below is a list of resources for Ohio students and lifelong learners alike who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of Hispanic heritage. Remember, your local community is one of your greatest assets; your Hispanic neighbors, coworkers, peers, family, and friends can provide some of the best insight into how Hispanic culture still plays an active and meaningful role in their lives.

Visit your local library

Lucas County Public Library – For Hispanic Heritage Month, LCPL offers a range of virtual activities and a list of recommended books (for children, teens and adults) listed on their blog.

Online Event (LCPL): Experience the beauty and charm of Mexico with El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, Saturday, September 26th, 9:30am. Visit this link for details.  

Lorain Public Library System – Local children’s author, Raquel M. Ortiz and author-activist, Iris Morales give a sneak peek of their picture book, “Viki & A Summer of Change / Viki y un Verano de Cambio” inspired by actual events in 1969. October 6th at 6pm. Pre-register for the talk on Facebook Live here.

Cleveland Public Library – During HHM, programs and events will be provided online. This includes a craft corner where participants can learn how to make Ojo de Dios, a heritage fan, a supply kit to make maracas and a pinata (provided at their South Branch), and a list of recommended collection of books for adults and kids. You can find these events on their website.

Canton Public Library – Provides a list of Young Adult titles featuring Hispanic main characters.

Cincinnati Public Library – CPL is encouraging readers to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with their list of 15 HHM titles.

Find educational materials online

HispanicHeritageMonth.gov – This website provides a wealth of HHM resources including educational articles, exhibits and collections, audio and video, and a section for teachers.

PBS – PBS has free videos and documentaries about Latin history (appropriate for all ages); this includes The Latino Americans, a documentary covering the history and experiences of Latinos, and Building the American Dream, a special that depicts immigration to the United States.

A list of HHM resources from PBS specifically for teachers, parents and kids can also be found here.

National Education Association – NEA has lessons, activities, videos and more on their website for Hispanic Heritage Month. The resources are divided by elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

EBSCO Database – If you are looking for a wide scholarly catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers relevant to HHM, the EBSCO database has all of that and more for students. Check with your school, company, medical institution, or local library for access to a user ID and password.