The Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, has received a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Lancaster Public Library has received a grant of $3,000 to hold public programming about Latino history and culture.
The library also received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film "Latino Americans," created for PBS in 2013. The series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present day. For more information, readers may call the library at 394-2651, ext. 105.
Several programs have been planned for select Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registrations are requested and may be completed at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/lancaster-public-library-487628673.
Current Latino American Impact and Politics in Lancaster is set for Sept. 16. It will be presented by scholar Dr. Donna M. Chambers from Penn State University - Berks. A screening of "Latino Americans: Episode VI - The Peril and Promise" will take place. Also, a panel of local Latino politicians, civic leaders, bankers, lawyers, teachers and youth leaders will discuss changing generations of Lancaster County Latinos.
Foundations and History of Latino Americans in Lancaster is set for Oct. 21. It will be presented by Dr. Carlos F. Tapia, professor of Spanish language and culture/Latin American studies at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va. A screening of "Latino Americans: Episode IV - The New Latinos" will take place, following by a group discussion led by Tapia. The discussion will address historical and political events, civic hardships and migratory patterns in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the second half of the 20th century that fostered migration. The continuing diaspora of Hispanic groups and its effects on social and political identity both in the U.S. and in the migrants' homelands will be studied.
A Latino American Culinary Experience will be offered on Nov. 18. It will be presented by Christina Mendoza, a local Latino American caterer and chef. The program will highlight the proliferation of Latino restaurants in Lancaster and the many Hispanic products now sold in grocery stores. Mendoza will prepare samples of traditional Latino recipes and discuss Latino eating habits, the nutritional value of the Hispanic diets and the variation in diets of different Latino ethnic groups. The audience will be invited to share favorite family recipes and taste samples.
For more information about the library, readers may visit http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us.