National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture, contributions, and history of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Congress established the observance in 1968, and it is now celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15. The months of September and October cover a wide range of independence days for Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize on September 21. El Día de la Raza (an inclusive alternative to Columbus Day) is observed by many Latin American countries on October 12.
Visit any JCLS branch to be inspired by displays featuring the lives and work of Hispanic and Latinx artists. Participate in events and explore books, movies, and local resources that celebrate Hispanic and Latinx cultures.
Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre is a Southern Oregon dance troupe that teaches and performs Mexican folk dances. In this gala performance, through traditional dress, music, and dance, they convey the diverse cultures and history of regions and states throughout Mexico.
The library has updated our Spanish language collection, adding 5,529 new items in the last two years. We have new books, DVDs, and audiobooks waiting for you to check out. You will find the most extensive collections at Medford, Ashland, Central Point, Phoenix, Talent, and White City libraries. Resources are available to borrow and pick up at your local branch. Come check them out!
De la Raíz (From the Roots) is a project that is dedicated to capturing and telling the stories of the Latinx communities here in Southern Oregon through personal stories, research, and visual art. De la Raíz aims to challenge the stereotypes of Latinx communities and to center and uplift Latinx voices.
The Almeda fire has disproportionately impacted our working class, disabled, low-income, and communities of color, including many members of our Latinx community. The following funds prioritize individuals and families who have the least access to aid. Learn more and donate: