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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.

Library Events

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Sandra Cisneros, for Martita, I Remember You/Martita te recuerdo

Tuesday, September 28, 7pm
Online via Crowdcast

Presented in partnership between the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Portland Book Festival, Cisneros will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, Martita, I Remember You, in conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine.  In Martita, I Remember You, a long-forgotten letter sets off a charged encounter with the past in this poignant and gorgeously told tale masterfully written by Sandra Cisneros, the celebrated bestselling author of The House on Mango Street, in a beautiful dual-language edition.  Register for the free event or join the event at:

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jaquira Díaz for Ordinary Girls

Saturday, October 23, 3pm
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Learn more at

Other Community Events

Celebre la Herencia Hispana con Ballet Folklorico (presented by DreamBank)

Wednesday, September 15, 5pm
Virtual event

Únanse a nosotros para este evento de Ballet Folklorico Mexico con Danza Azteca de Carlos y Sonia Avila. Te invitamos a celebrar y disfrutar de las riquezas de nuestra cultura, arte y tradición Latina. ¡Te esperamos!  Virtual event, visit Evite to register:

Box of Visions/Caja de visiones

September 18 – January 23, 2023
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street

While you’re at the Latino Art Fair, be sure to visit Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition Box of Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art from Mexico in the Midwest/Caja de visiones: Arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos. Box of Visions features selections from MMoCA’s collection of Mexican Modern artworks and highlights the connection between Mexico’s 20th century artistic renaissance to works being created by Mexican-American artists today. Learn more at

Latino Art Fair

Saturday, October 2, 4-6pm
Overture Center
Visit the 8th Annual Latino Art Fair Gallery Night “amArte” from 4-6 PM, in which Wisconsin Latino artists celebrate the power of love through art to foster understanding, compassion and forgiveness. Full event information.

Mariachi Herencia de México

October 2, 7:30 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.

Back by popular demand! This Latin Grammy-nominated group of young Mexican American musicians from Chicago has released three highly acclaimed albums with chart-topping debuts on both Billboard and iTunes. They’ll be performing songs from their latest album, “Esencia,” a tribute to the golden age of Mexican music and to several Latin music legends. Tickets start at $25, buy online at

Latino Wisconsin: Migration, Settlement and Social Impact

Wednesday, October 6, 10-11 a.m.

Virtual Event

There are over 37,000 Latinx people living in Dane County, and almost 70% live in Madison and Fitchburg. They work, go to school, run businesses, and spend time with their families; and they are an integral part of our community.

What do you know about the Latinx Community? What brought them to Wisconsin? Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about this group of people who are an integral part of our community. Join the Zoom


Community Cartonera Workshop

Saturday, October 16, 2-4pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street

Learn how to make cartoneras, small publications made with recycled and customized covers. Free admission and supplies, hosted in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden.

Virtual Lecture: “Labor Migration from Mexico to the Heartland,” with Professor Armando Ibarra

Thursday, November 18, 6-7pm
Virtual event

Join MMOCA online for Labor Migration from Mexico to the Heartland, a virtual lecture with Professor Armando Ibarra of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This virtual lecture is free. Details and registration will be found at's website later this fall.  This virtual lecture is associated with the exhibition Caja de visiones: Arte moderno y contemporáneo de México en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos or Box of Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art from Mexico in the Midwest. Learn more and check for registration information at