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April 28, 2013

Duncan Public Library hosts Dia de la Hispanidad

DUNCAN — A mariachi band played, while boys roped and girls danced.

The Duncan Public Library held its Dia de la Hispanidad event Saturday, giving people an opportunity to learn more about Hispanic culture. The event featured authentic cuisine from homemade tortilla to horchata (rice water).

The library teamed up with the Duncan Literacy Council to host the event. The Literacy Council does an event each year, and this year, Library Director Jan Cole suggested a focus on the Hispanic population.

“We’ve had an increase in the Hispanic population,” Cole said. “We have been adding Spanish books to the library, and the Literacy Council helps people to learn English as a second language by working with them on their reading and writing.

“It’s been a group effort.”

Maria Diaz, technology services at the library, helped to bring the event together, Cole said. The mariachi band came from Oklahoma City, and was funded by the Friends of the Duncan Public Library. The dancers and ropers volunteered their time.

Diaz was excited about the turnout of the event and how much people appeared to be enjoying it.

Inside the library, volunteers were helping children make paper flowers and painting on faces. Outside, among the music and dancing, the Literacy Council had books they were giving away, including some in Spanish.

Cole said the collaborative effort of the library and the Literacy Council provided a chance to reach out to the Hispanic population. She said it also provides more exposure to both organizations, to help people know what services are available to them.

“It’s a good opportunity to get people information about the Literacy Council and the library,” Cole said about the event.

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