Hispanic-Latino heritage focus of essay contest
August 21, 2012 2:18PM
The Hammond Public Library will celebrate Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month with a family essay contest and a public program. The heritage month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
The essay contest theme is “What does the concept of ‘familia’ (family) mean to you?” Each participating family unit of at least one parent or legal guardian and at least one child may submit an entry. One parent or guardian must hold a valid Hammond Public Library card without fines or fees.
Entries will be accepted through 8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the circulation desk of the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St. Essays must be in English, no more than 250 words, and typed or neatly printed on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Judges will review each entry.
Prizes are awarded to the family that, in the judges’ opinion, has best defined “familia.” A family member must read the family’s essay at the program scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the library.
First prize will be $200 in gift cards; second prize $100 in gift cards and third prize $75 in gift cards.
The Sept. 20 program is open to the public and will feature the music of Pancho and Carolyn Rodea, a dance performance by Xel-Ha Escuela deDanza, reading of the winning essays, and the chance to answer trivia questions.
Complete rules and eligibility requirements are on the library’s web site, www.hammond.lib.in.us. For more information, call the library at 931-5100, Ext. 310.
Provided to the Post-Tribune