National Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Submit your entry from September 15 - October 15, 2020.

2019 Winner: Grades 6-8
Venecia G., Orange Grove Middle School
2019 Winner: Grades 9-12
Kiara V., Blake High School


Calling all students, K-12 – make your artistic voice heard and be eligible to win prizes! The art contest for Hispanic Heritage runs from September 15 to October 15, 2020 and is available to elementary, middle and high school students. Get all the details and start creating!

Bookmark Contest – Grades K - 8

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Poster Contest – Grades 9 - 12

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Online Events and Activities

Written By... with Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. Register

Join us for an evening with New York Times best-selling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Ms. Moreno-Garcia is a fresh literary voice crafting distinctly Latinx stories in a genre-defying mix that includes everything from gothic horror to sci-fi, fantasy, thriller and historical fiction. Her recent work includes Mexican Gothic (2020, best seller and recently optioned by Hulu to be adapted as a limited series), Untamed Shore (2020), and Gods of Jade and Shadow (2019, winner of 2020 American Library Association Reading List, Fantasy). Author presentation to be followed by live question and answer with the audience.

Learn English with the Library

Thursday, September 17, 4 p.m. Register

Learn to speak English with confidence! This session includes a live Q&A with responses available in English, French or Spanish.

Learn a New Language with the Library

Friday, September 18, 4 p.m. Register

Broaden your communication horizons! This session will highlight Mango Languages and other free resources.

One Book, One Night: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. Register

Read this gripping mystery novel in one night! Begin with us online at 6:30 p.m. as we read chapter one in English and Spanish. Plus: live Q&A! The first 10 people to register and attend will win a free paperback copy. Recommended for teens and adults.

Healthy Hispanic Cuisine

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. Register

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by learning how to make a meal including rice and beans, chicken and tostones. Wellness chef and holistic life coach, Chef Mira, will show how to put a healthy spin on a traditional recipe to make a meal that is both classic and delicious.

Hispanic Heritage: History of Ybor City

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. Register

By 1885, the cigar industry had transformed Tampa from a sleepy fishing village of 720 people into a booming, multicultural city. Learn how this industry took root, grew and eventually declined. Plus: Live Q & A!

Hispanic Heritage: Animal Life Education

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. Register

In English with some translation in Spanish, Safari Todd and his team of experts will present a variety of different animal species from Spanish speaking countries. Plus: live Q & A! For all ages.

Bilingual Story Time: Spanish/Español

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Register

Stories, action rhymes, songs, and interactive activities in English and Spanish make up this engaging 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. Plus: live Q & A! Recommended for ages 3-5.

Book Lists

Drawing Books

Book cover - How to Draw Everything

Channel your inner artist and get busy practicing your drawing skills with these books!

Find drawing books

Adult Reads

Book cover - Mexican Gothic

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with these recent releases.

Browse adult books

Children & Teen Hispanic Heritage Reads

Contests and events are funded by the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc.

“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”