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Madison Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2019, Madison Public Library will host a series of events highlighting the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrating Hispanic and Latino American culture.

Madison Public Library provides free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The library celebrates ideas, promotes creativity, connects people, and enriches lives, with an emphasis on promoting literacy and equity in library collections, services, and programs.

We'll also be sharing other related community events we learn of here, so stop back for more event listings throughout September and October.

Library events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Green Card Voices Madison exhibit

Daily, Sep 2-10, all open hours - Lakeview Library, 2845 Sherman Ave.
Daily, Sep 11-21, all open hours -
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
Daily, Sep 23-27, during school hours - Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd.

This traveling exhibit features 13 first-person narratives from students at James Madison Memorial High School, all of whom arrived in the United States as immigrants or refugees and some of whom are Latinx. For more information, visit the Green Card Voices exhibit page.

Immigrant Journeys

Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi Travesía hasta Wisconsin!

Daily, Sep 9 – Oct 3, during open hours – Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
A project of the Wisconsin Humanities Council in partnership with Centro Hispano, this exhibit shares personal stories of Latino immigrants who make their home in Wisconsin today. Eight individuals (who emigrated from Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras and Colombia) are featured in the exhibition.  The exhibition will be hosted at the Central Library from September 9 (at noon) through October 4.  For more information, visit

Empanadas and Salsa with Chef Paul Tseng

Wednesday, Sep 11, 6:15 – Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
Join Chef Paul to learn how to make empanadas, an easy pocket-sized pie that can be baked or fried. Chef Paul will show how to make the dough, fillings, and an accompanying salsa. Register online or call 608-288-6160. This event is funded in part by a grant from CUNA Mutual Foundation.

Let’s Talk About It: Immigration, Migration, and Our Southern Border

Saturday, Sep 14, 9:30-11:00am – Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
The treatment of immigrants at the border and across this country has been beyond horrific and unconscionable. It can be overwhelming for adults to comprehend, let alone for children. Join facilitators from Families for Justice of Dane County for a multi-generational workshop that will include discussion, learning, and activities for adults and children. It is critical for us to come together in our families and in our community so we can better defend the rights and humanity of immigrants and asylum seekers. Adults will learn together for the first hour, and then kids will be invited to join in. Register online or at 608-266-6385. Childcare may be available--please call Abigail at 608-266-6385 to inquire. 

Green Card Youth Voices Book Launch

Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8:30pm – UW Madison Education Building, Wisconsin Idea Room (Room 159), 1000 Bascom Hall
Celebrate the release of Green Card Voices: Immigration Stories from Madison and Milwaukee High Schools alongside its co-authors, as students from James Madison Memorial High School read their stories to an audience for the first time.  Meet & greet the authors, purchase books, and have books signed. 

Cuentos y Canciones en Inglés y Español - Bilingual Storytime

Saturdays, Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
¡Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, y actividades en inglés y español, enfocados en la alfabetización temprana y el idioma española! Para niños de 2 a 6 años de edad y sus familias.
Stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish to build early literacy and Spanish language awareness, For Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers, ages 2-6 yrs old (siblings welcome).

Spanish Family Storytime - Cuentos para la familia

Tuesdays, Sep 24 – Nov 19, 10:30-11:30am – Goodman South Madison, 2222 S. Park St.
¡Acompáñenos para escuchar cuentos y cantar en español con la Maestra Barbara! Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias.
Join us for stories and songs in Spanish with Maestra Barbara! For kids of all ages and families.

English for Parents – Ingles Para Padres

Saturdays, Sep 28 – Nov 9, 10:00am-12:00pm – Goodman South Madison Library, 2222. S. Park St.
Free English classes provided by Literacy Network. In class, parents will learn English communication skills, how to talk about school, about reading with children and more! To register, please call 244-3911.  Free childcare is also provided.
Ven a la Biblioteca para clases de inglés gratuitas para padres. Los participantes aprenderán a comunicarse mejor en Inglés, a hablar sobre la escuela, sobre como leer con los niños, y más! Para inscribirse, llame a 244-3911. Cuidado de niños disponible también.

Cooking with Chef Lily Kilfoy: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

School Age Class, Saturday, October 12, 1:00-2:15pm - Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
Family Class, Saturday, October 12, 3:00-4:15pm - Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Chef Lily.  Participants will whip up some of Lily's favorite fun recipes.  Registration begins September 28, register online or by calling 608-288-6160. This event is funded in part by a grant from CUNA Mutual Foundation.

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-7:00pm - Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Presented in partnership with the American Constitution Society, author Aaron Bobrow-Strain will read from his book, The Life and Death of Aida Hernandez. Full event description on Wisconsin Book Festival site.

Lectura para Adultos

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00am - Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
Join us for the Spanish read aloud of Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo. Acompañenos para la lectura en español del clásico literario Pedro Páramo. Este evento es parte de un conjunto de actividades organizadas por la biblioteca para la Celebración del Mes de Nacional de la Hispanidad. La novela es sobre Juan Preciado un hombre que por honrar el último deseo de su madre va a la Comala a buscar a su padre para reclamar su obligación de padre.

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Marie Arana for Silver, Sword & Stone

Saturday, October 19, 3:00-4:00pm - Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
With her new book, Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, Arana weaves a magnificent tapestry of historical research with up-to-the-minute reporting and cultural analysis to give readers an urgent look at Latin America today. Full event description on the Wisconsin Book Festival site.

Book discussion of Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00-7:30pm – Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
A coming-of-age story set in Bogota during Pablo Escobar's reign that focuses on the relationship between a little girl and her mostly-silent maid, Petrona. Rojas Contreras' lovely, spare prose alternates between both girls, and in the process tells a complex story about class, violence, and living in turbulent times.

Hawthorne Hootenanny

Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-12:00pm - Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
Sing, clap and dance at this 6th annual celebration of music and play at the Hawthorne Library!  Check out our Día de los Muertos exhibit and make sugar skulls at the Hootenanny.

Community events

Mexican Independence Festival

September 14, 12:00-8:00pm - Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street
Celebrate Mexican Independence!

  • Food Stands with the best selection of Mexican and Latino Restaurants in the Area.
  • Live Performances
  • Multiple Tracks of Music Genre
  • Kids Activities, Games, Entertainment and Bouncing Houses
  • Art Crafts, Flags, T Shirts, etc
  • Information about the Mexican Independence History 
  • 100% organized by volunteers, 100% profits for the festival and scholarships for Latino Students!

Hispanic Heritage Month Open House

Friday, September 20, 5:00-8:30pm - Wisconsin Historical Soceity Headquarters, 816 State St.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is partnering with the Madison Latino Chamber of Commerce to host a Hispanic Heritage Month Open House on Friday, September 20th. Celebrate with food, live entertainment, museum & archival collections.  Keynote Speakers: Jesus Salas & Sergio Gonzalez. Learn more at 

Jose Torres-Tama Presents "Aliens, Immigrants, & Other Evildoers"

October 9, 7:00pm - East High School, 2222 E. Washington Ave.
Dane Arts in partnership with East High School and Centro Hispano welcomes New Orleans performance artist, Jose Torres-Tama for a night performance on Wednesday, October 9, 7 P.M. at East High school. The public is invited. The price per ticket is $10 adults, $5 for students with ID. For more information, please visit:  http://torrestama./index.html or call (608) 266-5915.

Hispanic Heritage Luncheon with La Movida Radio

October 11, 11:30am-1:00pm - Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.
You are invited to attend the 9th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon hosted by La Movida Radio 1480AM/94.5FM.  Registration starts at 11 a.m., the program/lunch starts at 12 p.m. and will be done by 1 p.m.  This is a free luncheon and award ceremony.  If you would like to attend, please go to and fill out the registration form for an accurate count of attendees and food preference/restrictions. Registration deadline is October 1.  For more information, visit

Latino Art Fair: Art Heals

October 12, 9:30am-6:00pm - Overture Center for the Arts
Art in all its forms has the power to heal, empower, share stories, hold memories, and bring people together. Join us for the 7th Latino Art Fair: Art Heals as we explore the power of healing through the arts. This year we celebrate the profound power of art in all its forms and the creative contributions of Latino Artists of South-Central Wisconsin. All events are free. Learn more at

  • 9:30 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM | Kids in the Rotunda performances by Angela Puerta on the Rotunda Stage and art activities with Sahira Rocillo
  • 2 PM – 7 PM | Visual Artists Exhibition and Market in Promenade Terrace
  • 3:30 PM – 4 PM and 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM | Words Heal: Local Latino Spoken Word Artists and Poets in Promenade Hall
  • 4 PM – 6 PM | An Overture’s Listen Local performance by Acoplados Latin Project in Promenade Hall

Mariachi Herencia de México

October 12, 7:30pm - Overture Center for the Arts
Nobody could have anticipated the success of the first album by Mariachi Herencia de México, an ensemble of student musicians from Chicago’s Mexican-American barrios. Released in 2017, their debut disk Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) received a Latin Grammy nomination, attracted local and national news coverage, and created new demand for appearances around the country.

Since then, the group has performed in major mariachi festivals in Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Guadalajara, Mexico’s mariachi capital and has made debut performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Mariachi Herencia de México takes off once again with the release of their follow-up album, Herencia De La Tierra Mía (The Heritage Of My Land), which has landed the No. 2 spot on the Latin Billboard charts. The self-released 14-track disc features guest vocals by two superstars of Mexican music, folkloric/fusion artist Lila Downs and veteran mariachi singer Aida Cuevas, and was produced by multi-Grammy-award winner and world music figure Javier Limón.  This is a paid event - purchase tickets at

Held in conjunction with the free Latino Art Festival from 9:30am-6:00pm.

Free Family Night: Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Wednesday, October 2, 5:00-8:00pm - Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St.
On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first-time visitors to enjoy the museum and is a popular time for older children to return to visit their favorite exhibits.

Tonight we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with performances, food, and craft activities:


Ballet Folklórico, 5:30 p.m.
Carlos Soriano, 6:15 p.m.
Boliviamanta, 7 p.m.
Art Studio Crafts:

Frida Kahlo Self Portrait Wall
Bottle Cap Magnets
Mexican Sun Art
Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Celebrations Room: Tamale Tasting, 6-7:45 p.m.

Rooftop Craft: Nazca Lines

Free Family Night is an Access for Everyone program. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed.



This program was made possible in part by generous support from: