NOLS to host Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month events

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month with two events: “Las Cuatro Culturas con Amigos de Seattle,” and “Empanadas Colombianas” with Carlos Osorio.

“Cuatro Pueblos Culturales de Guatemala” is presented at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, on Amigos de Seattle Radio,; the program will be presented in Spanish.

“Empanadas Colombianas” will be shared on the NOLS website and social media on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Learn to make Colombian empanadas with Sequim resident Carlos Osorio, an accomplished chef and baker. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Osorio now teaches baking at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center and shares his students’ work at the twice monthly Food Not Bombs Community Lunches in Port Angeles as well as other community events.


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. 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. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of Sept. 15 is significant, library officials note, because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively; in addition, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, on Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period.

For more information about this and other library events, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to

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