By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Bruce C. Clarke Library will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The contributions, heritage, culture and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States will be recognized.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. They have enhanced and shaped the national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.
The 2019 theme is “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.”
Two Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients have contributed greatly to the history of our nation — Master Sgt. Raul Perez “Roy” Benavidez and Alfred Velazquez Rascon.
Hispanic Heritage Month, which has roots going back to 1968, begins each year on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period. The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
The military community is invited to come and check out the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s large collection of materials about Hispanic culture. The library has a wide variety of multi-cultural print, e-book, and digital databases available for reading or research.
Clarke Library customers have access to Mango Languages and Transparent Language for foreign language courses. For practicing reading or listening to Spanish, the library has print books, audio books and DVD’s for checkout. In the various electronic book collections the library offers there are digital and downloadable ebooks and audio books in Spanish and to learn Spanish.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the chief of community services for the Bruce C. Clarke Library).