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Madison Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2020, Madison Public Library is promoting local events and resources highlighting the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrating Hispanic and Latino American culture. We regret that due to COVID-19 we are not able to offer our usual in-person events and book displays this year.

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.

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.

Community events

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

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: