Contact: Lee County Library System

Terri Crawford, Library System Deputy Director 239-533-4832 or

Maria Palacio, Outreach Services Manager

239-533-4440 or

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Lee County Library System!

Southwest Fla., July. 26, 2013 – The Lee County Library System will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programs for children and adults. Some of these events include: a foreign film, a Caribbean dance presentation, live Mariachi and a Naturalization Information Session featuring representatives from the U.S. Office of Citizenship and Immigration. “We are excited about the great slate of programs we have planned for the community. We decided to offer a variety of programs that are fun, provide valuable information and seek to expose participants to the different cultural aspects of Hispanics.” says Maria Palacio, Lee County Library System Outreach Services Manager.

According to the Library of Congress “Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.”

Hispanic Heritage Activities at the Libraries:

South County Regional Library

21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero, 239-533-4400

Tue., Sept. 17 - 6:30 p.m. Latino Artwork for teens

Sat., Sept. 21 - 2 p.m. Foreign Film The Colors of the Mountains for adults (Colombia - Spanish with English subtitles, drama, 93 minutes)

Tue., Oct. 1 - 6:30 p.m. Estero High School Latin Rhythm Club performance for the whole family

Wed., Oct. 2 - 6 p.m. Immigration Information Sessions for adults

Tue., Oct. 8 - 6:30 p.m. Zumba with Maribel for the whole family

Tue., Oct.15 - 6:30 p.m. Guatemalan Kites craft program for teens


Northwest Regional Library

519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral, 239-533-4700

Tue., Sept. 17 - 6 p.m. Mexican Mummy Fiesta with Skippyjon Jones for children

Sat., Sept. 28 - 2 p.m. Immigration Information Sessions for adults


East County Regional Library

881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres, 239-533-4200

Fri., Sept. 27 - 10:30 a.m. ¡Celebramos! Hispanic Heritage Month Storytime for preschoolers


Free, Year-Round Programs

In addition to the special Hispanic Heritage Month activities listed above the Lee County Library System also provides the following free, year-round programs:

READY Shelf - Literacy Materials located at each branch to help adults improve their reading and writing skills in order to participate more fully in community life. These books, audio tapes, and videos have been gathered together and placed on distinctive Plexiglas shelving in each of our branch libraries.

Download Depot Language Learning - Collection of downloadable audiobooks on learning common languages like Spanish, French and German, as well as 30 other languages from Arabic to Swahili.

Informe (in English or en Español) - Collection of Spanish magazines with full-text on subjects such as: Business, Health, Technology and Culture etc

Powerspeak - Online language learning program for learning Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and English (for Spanish Speakers).

Universal Class - Online language learning program for English as a Second Language (ESL) learning of basic English grammar and basic English writing.

The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with free books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-By-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space. Don’t have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit to apply online, or stop by any branch. Information about Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24/7 at where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items. Telephone reference is available at 239-479-info (4636).

About the Lee County Library System

The Lee County Library System strengthens the community by informing and enriching individuals; ensures equal and open access; defends intellectual freedom and the right to privacy; ensures that an individual’s economic status does not deter library use; commits to meeting customers’ needs; fosters a climate of mutual respect and trust; values and supports individual initiative; promotes cooperation, collaboration and connections; promotes lifelong reading; practices financial accountability and supports Lee County’s vision, mission and values.