Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 is September 15 through October 15th, and there are many ways to celebrate! You can read a book by a well-known Latino author like Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or acquaint yourself with Latino writers based in the U.S., like Mexican-American Luis Alberto Urrea or Cuban-American Meg Medina. You could read poetry written in English and/or Spanish by Hispanic poets like that of the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. Check out our online resources online resources for information on various topics of special interest to Latinos and those interested in Hispanic culture. And learn Spanish or English with your library card access to Rocket Languages!
You also are invited to participate in fun events at the Library to celebrate Hispanic culture.On Wednesdays in October, the GPL Spanish-English Conversation Group meets at 2:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room to practice both languages and review new vocabulary and expressions. It’s a great way to meet people while improving your language skills.
Starting Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2:00pm, we invite Spanish Speaking families with children up to age 5 to Domingos Divertidos, a fun afternoon to learn about the library and the importance of reading to children. (Other sessions and topics will follow each month.)
On Wednesday, October 12, the Circulo de Lectores, the library’s Spanish Book Club, will discuss Laura Esquivel’s new novel “A Lupita le gusta planchar” (or “Pierced by the Sun” in English). You can pick up a copy in either language at the Circulation Desk, and then join the conversation in Spanish at the Book Club meeting.
On Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm, get ready to learn the bachata from the Dominican Republic! Take our Latin Dance class with Latinshines Inc. Maestro Carlos Doñán–fun, exercise, music–another great way to celebrate the Hispanic culture!