On the heels of a successful Spanish language class, the Friedman Branch Library is offering a series of seminars about positive effects of Hispanic culture in America.
"We felt there was probably an interest, as so many more Hispanic families are moving into the area," said Jennie Feinberg, the manager of the Friedman branch.
The Spanish classes started Sept. 8. The beginning class is full, Ms. Feinberg said, and several people have signed up for the advanced class.
The first lecture in the seminar was held Wednesday, with three more seminars to be held on consecutive Wednesdays.
The subject for next Wednesday's lecture will be Contemporary Hispanic Social and Cultural Influence; on Oct. 5, the seminar will be on Hispanic Involvement and Contributions to American Independence and Subsequent Wars; and From Flintlocks to Rockets - Hispanic Contributions to America is scheduled for Oct. 12.
The lectures are free and will be held in the library's conference room.
Ms. Feinberg said the classes are "mostly to raise awareness" of the contributions of Hispanic people to the country.
She said that although the lectures will appeal to a broad audience, she thinks they will be especially valuable to people who home-school their children, particularly middle and high school pupils.
"People in public school might be interested, too," she said.
Spanish classes will be conducted on a quarterly basis, Ms. Feinberg said, with the first quarter ending around the first of December.
For more information, call 736-6758.
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