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Madison Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 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.

Upcoming library events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

José Olivarez

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents: Citizen Illegal with José Olivarez

October 11, 7-8 pm, Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Citizen Illegal is a revealing portrait of life as a first generation immigrant, a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life. In this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in. Olivarez has a unique voice that makes him a poet to watch. Presented as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 11-14, www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture with Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Wisconsin Book Festival)

October 12, 7:30pm, Wisconsin Union South, Varsity Hall, 1308 W. Dayton St.
Mr. Sáenz is the author of a number of illuminating young adult novels, including Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood;, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, winner of the the Pura Belpré Author Award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Award, in addition to being a Printz Award honor book; and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is a free, public lecture sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from the Friends of the CCBC. Books will be available for purchase from A Room of One's Own; a signing will follow the lecture. Presented as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 11-14, www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.

Natalia Sylvester

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents: Everyone Knows You Go Home with Natalia Sylvester

October 13, 4:30pm, Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the old man had died. So Omar asks Isabel for the impossible: persuade Omar’s family—especially his wife, Elda—to let him redeem himself. Isabel and Martin settle into married life in a Texas border town, and Omar returns each year on the celebratory Day of the Dead. Every year Isabel listens, but to the aggrieved Martin and Elda, Omar’s spirit remains invisible. Through his visits, Isabel gains insight into not just the truth about his disappearance and her husband’s childhood but also the ways grief can eat away at love. When Martin’s teenage nephew crosses the Mexican border and takes refuge in Isabel and Martin’s home, questions about past and future homes, borders, and belonging arise that may finally lead to forgiveness—and alter all their lives forever. Presented as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 11-14, www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.

Papel Picado

Read + Make in Spanish / Leer y Crear

October 15, November 19, 3-4pm, Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road (past programs September 17)
Spanish storytime and hands on projects for kids ages 6-10. Hora de cuentos en español y proyectos pràcticos para niños de 6-10 años.

El murmullo de las abejas

Spanish Literature Group (El murmullo de las abejas de Sofía Segovia)

October 18, November 1, November 15,  1-3pm,  Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd. (past programs September 20, October 4)
Presentado por University League en asociación con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos, los libros y las discusiones están completamente en español. Por favor, obtenga un plan de lectura en el escritorio marcado con “Ask Here”  Primer y tercer jueves, 6 sept 2018 - 6 junio 2019.

Spanish Storytime and Sweets / Cuentos y pan dulce para la familia

Spanish Storytime and Sweets / Cuentos y pan dulce para la familia

October 20, November 10, 10:30-11:15am, Pinney Library (past events: September 22)
¡Acompáñenos para escuchar cuentos en español y disfrutar de pan dulce! Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias. Join us for stories and songs in Spanish, and enjoy yummy treats! For kids of all ages and families.

 

Coco

Saturday Family Movie Matinee Shows Disney Pixar’s Coco

October 20, 2-4pm, Alicia Ashman Library, 733 High Point Rd.
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal & Benjamin Bratt (PG, 1hr 45min, 2017)

Día De Los Muertos

Día De Los Muertos

October 27, 1-2:30pm, Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
Let's celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! Día de los Muertos is an ancient Mexican holiday when families joyfully honor and remember family, friends, and ancestors. We will make folk crafts, calaveras (sugar skulls), papel picado (cut tissue paper designs), mariposas (butterflies), and snack on Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) to share this beautiful Mexican tradition. No registration necessary.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

October 27, 12-2pm, Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Araceli Esparza. Learn how to make an altar, talk about the elements of an altar, and hear a Dia de los Muertos story.  Make  your own papel picado and taste pan de muerto. And, join local artist Rodrigo Carapia as he creates a painting on canvas related to Día de los Muertos.
Celebra el Día de los Muertos con Araceli Esparza. Aprende a hacer un altar, habla de los elementos de un altar, y escucha una historia de dia de los muertos. Haz tu propio papel picado y saborea el pan de muerto. Y, únase al artista local Rodrigo Carapia mientras crea una pintura sobre lienzo relacionada con el día de los muertos.

Ballet Folklórico de María Díaz

Ballet Folklórico de María Díaz at Hawthorne Hootenanny

November 3, 9am-12pm, Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
Sing, clap and dance at this 5th annual celebration of music and play at the Hawthorne Library! Music performaces, hands-on art, play activities, facepainting, refreshments and more will run throughout the event. Come raise the roof with us!  Including an 11:15 performance by Ballet Folklórico de María Díaz.  Sponsored by Willy St. Coop, Friends of Hawthorne Library, and MOKA.

Somos Latinas

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists with Eloisa Gómez

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30pm, Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
Celebrated Latina civil rights activist and foreword writer Dolores Huerta once said, "Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." These are the stories of some of the Latina activists from Wisconsin who have lived Huerta's words. Somos Latinas shares the powerful narratives of 25 activists from outspoken demonstrators to collaborative community-builders to determined individuals working for change behind the scenes- providing proof of the long-standing legacy of Latina activism throughout Wisconsin. Somos Latinas draws on activist interviews conducted as part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and looks deep into the life and passion of each woman. This presentation will feature co-author Eloisa Gómez and several of the women featured in the book.  Book sales, signing, and refreshments to follow.

Past events

When I Was Puerto Rican

Hispanic Heritage Month - Meadowridge Book Club Reads When I Was Puerto Rican

September 20, 10:30-11:30am, Meadowridge Library
When I Was Puerto Rican is a 1993 autobiography written by Puerto Rican native Esmeralda Santiago. It is the first of three installments, followed by Almost a Woman and The Turkish Lover. She narrates her childhood and migration to New York with witty details and fondness. Come discuss this bestseller during National Hispanic Heritage Month with Yesianne Ramirez, a native Puerto Rican. 

traditional Hispanic food

Hispanic Heritage Month Taste Test

September 20, 6-7pm, Meadowridge Library
Come enjoy some treats from different Hispanic cultures!

Papel Picado

Crafts: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 24, 2-3:30pm, Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
Come make a craft themed for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Meg Medina

Collected Works of Meg Medina

September 24, 7-8pm, Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Meg Medina will join the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss her books for kids of all ages. Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.  The Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center will host a welcome reception at 6:30 PM. Gather and learn about the work the CCBC does to support teaching, learning, and research related to children’s and young adult literature. 

Meg Medina

Burn Baby Burn with Meg Medina

September 25, 12-3:00pm – Madison Metropolitan School District School Visits (not open to the public)
Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.  

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Madison Travel Circle presents Magical Arrial D'ajuga, Brazil

September 26, 6-8pm, Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
Arraial's beaches are sheltered by offshore reefs, making the clear water particularly appealing. It's located just south of Porto Seguro, Brazil, in the laid back state of Bahia. Join Rick Hauser as he discovers the dining, live music and secret joys of this undiscovered paradise.

Book of Life

Movie Night: Book of Life

October 1, 6-7:30pm, Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd.
We will be screening the Book of Life, directed by Jorge Gutierrez.  Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Fans of Coco will appreciate this animated adventure.

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