Extended Hispanic Heritage Celebrations

Downtown & Palmetto Libraries Planning Two Same-Day Events Focused on Hispanic Heritage

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 12, 2017) - Manatee County Public Libraries got a late start to Hispanic Heritage Month with having to postpone a few events due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. But they plan to host two rescheduled ones, back to back, on Saturday, October 21, at Downtown and Palmetto Libraries.


From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Downtown Library will host an opening reception for its second planned Downtown Voyagers Travel Club, this time to Spain. Everyone is invited to this free reception which will have refreshments with a Spanish flair, including non-alcoholic sangria. Latin/Flamenco/World guitarist, David Munoz, and multi-instrumentalist female vocalist, Elise Amaral, of Latin Rendezvous will perform a wide variety of popular music from the Americas, Europe and around the world. Hear them play violin, Native American flutes and several exotic percussion instruments.


The Downtown Voyagers program was implemented in the Fall of 2016. It focuses on learning each country’s history, culture and language by providing pre-trip events at the libraries in which non voyagers can also attend. This past May, 41 library customers, community members and staff made a seven-day trip to Ireland.


The Spain trip to Barcelona and Madrid is scheduled for October 15-23, 2018. Itinerary and booking information can be found at https://www.gate1travel.com/customgroups/IBE1320065


A short while later, just over the Green Bridge (Puente Verde) from 2 to 4 PM, Palmetto Library will be putting on a program about the Culture of Puerto Rico. This will include a cooking demonstration by Dr. Evelisse Capo, health and nutrition educator and Food-for-Life certified cooking instructor with the Food Pharmacy.


Both events are free and open to the public. Downtown Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205, and Palmetto Library is located at 923 6th Street West 34221.


For more information about either event, please contact Kelly Foster at 941-748-5555, x6307, or kelly.foster@mymanatee.org.


About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov