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National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 09, 2009 by willa

Bring out the Piñatas and the tres leches; it’s time to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Latin-American citizens. It is a good time to stop and appreciate Hispanic influences in your own life. What with my husband’s virtually exclusive Hispanic heritage, this influence in my life is huge. I eat some form of Mexican food at least three times a week, and often hear Spanish spoken in my home. One of my favorite activities is watching Spanish Language films with my husband. Here are a few of our favorites that you might like to try as well: Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage and Volver (directed by Pedro Almódovar). I am proud to say that Lincoln City Libraries owns all these movies. Oh, and if you only see one Spanish language film this month -see Pan’s Labyrinth.

Follow these links to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage:
To learn about the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month go to:

To learn about Hispanic history and culture and to find teaching resources visit:

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Dancers, Tacos and Novellas

September 02, 2009 by Sheila

As usual, a good time was had by all at the La Festival de las Americas (AKA) The Hispanic festival. The huge stage and abundant seating insured everyone had an excellent view of the performers. Many different dancers and musicians graced the stage, including several bands of children who danced skillfully and looked adorable in their bright colorful costumes.
Sheila and I shared a booth with Larry Williams of Lincoln’s Human Rights Commission. We were promoting our Spanish language materials which are really quite extensive. We now have online homework help available in Spanish as well as children and adult books (including novellas).
It was a beautiful day and many people stopped by to talk to us. We fielded questions about the library and handed out lots of info flyers and “love my library” bags.
We went home feeling fulfilled, both because we had successfully promoted Library Services and because our stomachs were full of festival food. We had papusas, empanadas and some kind of yummy cake with pineapple in it (just to name a few).
Although the Nebraska State Fair is moving to Grand Island, El Festival de las Americas no doubt will be here next year. We hope to see you there!



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Festival de las Americas @ the Nebraska State Fair

August 03, 2009 by Sheila

 Festival de las Americas

Are you attending the Nebraska State Fair this summer? Then why not go on August 30? This is the day that El Centro de las Americas will be hosing the Festival de las Americas on the State Fair Grounds. The annual Festival de las Americas event celebrates Latin American culture with culturally relevant entertainment, food, exhibits and children’s activities. Admission to the Festival is free with Nebraska State Fair gate admission, which costs $8 for adults, $2 for children under the age of 13, and is free for children under the age of 6. Discounted admission tickets are also available from El Centro with proof of income. For more information call El Centro at (402) 474-3950.

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Hispanic Heritage Read-In 2008

November 21, 2008 by Webmaster

Selected Readings From the October 8, 2008 Program

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Special guests Ivonne de la Torre and Jose Caicedo read works from Mexico and Ecuador.

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