McKINNEY, Texas – The McKinney Public Library will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of readings, fiestas, dancing and lectures beginning Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to coincide with the nationwide commemoration.  

Each Sunday, the libraries will host Fiesta De Familias that highlights the stories, music and dancing of the Latino culture. Funding for the program is provided by the McKinney Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be provided by local restaurants.

Additional events include Beehive: Faroles for Freedom (7-10 years old), Toddler Time: Let’s Celebrate (16-36 months), and Tween STEAM (10-14 years old) activities such as making luchador masks and Spanish style Mod Podge votive candle holders.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded National Hispanic Heritage Week to a month and the date of Sept. 15 was selected because it's the date of five Central American countries' independence celebrations (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). Also, Mexico, Belize and Chile celebrate their independence in September.

Hispanic Heritage Month programming is being hosted at both McKinney libraries. All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so preregistration is encouraged. Please visit www.McKinneyPublicLibrary.org for a full list of program activities, locations and times. 

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America, published by Money Magazine. McKinney has a current population of more than 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at www.mckinneytexas.org