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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries-Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino.” More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.


To visit some websites with special activities and games about Hispanic Heritage, and to learn more through books click here!


September 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Contest


 Students in grades K-5 are invited to design a bookmark celebrating “Our Hispanic Heritage.” Entries will be accepted September 1 through September 30.

Prizes (2 grade categories- Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5):

  • 1st Place- $100 US Savings Bond and 100 bookmarks in each grade category. 
  • 2nd Place- $50 US Savings Bond and 100 bookmarks in each grade category.

Click here for more information and to download an entry form!

September 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Back to School

Library + School = SUCCESS!

School Bus

The School District of Hillsborough County school year begins on Tuesday, August 25.  Do you have your pencils? Do you have your paper?  Well, don’t forget to read some books to help you get ready!  Check out these books and websites to help you prepare…

August 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Sunshine State Readers and Battle of the Books!



The 2009-2010 Elementary Sunshine State Readers and 4th Grade Battle of the Books titles are available now. Click here to reserve your copies now!

June 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Summer Reading

Poster Color

Be Creative @ your library!

The Be Creative @ Your Library Summer Program offers an opportunity for kids to let their imagination loose by listening to stories, songs, poetry and more! A variety of professional performers- from magicians, to musicians, to dancers- will be featured at the libraries this summer!

The Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative have also teamed up to help you explore your creativity with Summer Reading titles.

Click here for Summer Reading information and reading lists!

June 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Celebrate! El día de los niños!



El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Click here for books and web sites about El día de los niños.


El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. 

April 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

29th Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

storytelling festival

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is a fun time for you and your family to watch kids like you and professionals tell stories. It is an all-day event on April 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at Hillsborough High School. Everyone is welcome and it is a free event.

Visit the Storytelling Festival 2009 website for more information and don’t forget to check out these related books and websites!

April 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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