MANATEE -- Manatee County Public Library System received a $3,000 grant from Latino Americans: 500 Years of History through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
The county, one of 203 grant recipients in the country, will receive the cash for public programs next year, including "public film screenings, book discussion groups, culinary and dance demonstrations and presentations about local history and regional Latino culture," according to the news release.
About 52,000 Manatee County residents identify themselves as Latinos, according to the 2013 U.S. Census.
"The Latino population has made significant contributions to the economy, history and culture of Manatee County for almost 500 years, and we are very pleased to be able to highlight those contributions through this grant opportunity," said Kevin Beach, library operations manager, in the release.
As part of the grant, the library will also receive the six-part National Endowment for the Humanities-supported documentary film, "Latino Americans," which was created for Public Broadcasting Service in 2013 by the WETA public television station, according to the release.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.