The Sonoma County Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, commemorated each year Sep. 15 to Oct. 15, with a series of events to showcase the histories, cultures and contributions of Sonoma County residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Events are being hosted by different library branches throughout Sonoma County.
“We look forward to celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month every year at Sonoma County Library,” said Kathy DeWeese, Sonoma County Library Youth Services Administrator. “Here at the library, we celebrate every culture and welcome all cultures in our community. We like to take this opportunity to highlight the special contributions of our Hispanic community.”
According to 2013 U.S. census data, 125,405 or 26% of Sonoma County’s residents are Hispanic. Eighty-four percent of Hispanics in Sonoma County are of Mexican descent, and the remaining 16 percent of the Hispanic population have origins in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. Over 4,000 local businesses are Hispanic-owned. Ninety percent of Hispanics in Sonoma County speak English, and 70 percent are fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
The month-long celebration kicks off on Saturday, September 15, with events at libraries around the county. Highlights include Latin Grammy award winning musical duo 1-2-3 Andres, Los Reyes Mariachi quartet, Frida Kahlo Paint Parties presented by Raizes Collective, and Mexican History in an Hour presented by SRJC professor Laura Gonzalez.
To continue the festivities, the Library has planned an array of programs that celebrate the rich and long history of Hispanic identity, civilization and culture. All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.