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.