The Latino Heritage Month is an official celebration to recognize the contribution of many cultures and extensive history of the Latin community highlighting the Latin culture. Throughout this month history and culture is celebrated and learned. 

The celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Jhonson. It was later expanded to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The celebration would start on September 15th and end on October 15th

This recognition was enacted into law on August 17th, 1988. It is highly significant that it starts on September 15th because it’s the independence day for several Latin countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. 

Latin countries: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Perú, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Haití, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, El salvador, Costa Rica, Panamá, Puerto Rico (US), Uruguay, Guadeloupe (French), Martinique (French), French Guiana (French), Saint Martin (French), Saint Barthelemy (French). 

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month members of the Latino Student Union have curated a list of relevant books owned by Penfield Library. Visit the library to see some of our print selections on display or view the full list of print and electronic titles on the Latina/o/x Heritage Month guide:

Latino Student Union

Michelle Bishop