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Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

Madison Public Library celebrates 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. Throughout the rest of the year, upcoming events in Spanish or about Latinx culture and resources in Spanish will also appear here.

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.


Immigrant Journeys Wisconsin Humanities Council Love WisconsinLove Wisconsin: Immigrant Journeys Exhibit

September 25 - October 13, 2023 | Central Library, 3rd Floor

The City of Madison's Latinx Community Engagement Team and Madison Public Library are hosting the "Immigrant Journeys" display at the Central Library from September 25-October 13 in partnership with the Wisconsin Humanities Council's Love Wisconsin project. Stop by during most open hours to view this display and learn about the many immigration paths that bring people from Latin and South America to the United States. The display showcases eight immigrants who left homes in Columbia, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay to cross land, language and culture in their pursuit of a new life. All of them live and work in Wisconsin today and you can hear them tell the story of why they or their parents chose to leave their native lands in their own voices. 

Dominicana is the book for the Spanish Literature Discussion Group at Sequoya Library fall 2023Spanish Literature Discussion Group

Presentado por University League en asociación​ con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos--no hay necesidad de ser miembro de la University League. Los libros y las discusiones son completamente en español. Se puede prestar un libro en el escritorio marcado con "Ask Here" (Biblioteca Sequoya, 4340 Tokay Blvd.) después del 7 de septiembre. Este evento tambien se realizará virtualmente a través de Zoom. Más información sobre este programa se le enviará por correo electrónico cuando se registre. Dominicana by Angie Cruz.

Presented by the University League in partnership with the Sequoya Library. Everyone is welcome, one does not have to be a member of University League. Books and discussion are completely in Spanish. Please ask about obtaining a book at the Sequoya Library "Ask Here" desk after September 7. This event will also be hosted virtually through Zoom; more information will be emailed to you upon registration. 

Spanish Conversation Group for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers at Sequoya LibrarySpanish Conversation Group
October 12, 1-3pm | Sequoya Library

¡Acompáñenos!  Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo jueves del mes, en la biblioteca Sequoya.  Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos. Este evento tambien se realizará virtualmente a través de Zoom. Más información sobre este programa se le enviará por correo electrónico cuando se registre. 

Come join us! Members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second Thursday each month (Oct. 12, 2023 - August 8, 2024). Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited. This event will also be hosted virtually through Zoom; more information will be emailed to you upon registration.

Spanish Storytime at Madison public libraryBilingual Storytime (ages 5 and under) / Hora de cuentos bilingües (para los niños de 0 a 5 años)
October 28, 10-10:30am | Pinney Library

¡LEE y JUEGA junto con otros niños de 0 a 5 años, en inglés y español! Participar con libros, canciones y experiencias divertidas ayuda a los niños a desarrollar la comunicación, paciencia, empatía y habilidades de la alfabetización temprana y ayuda a desarrollar un amor eternal por la lectura! Los programas de la biblioteca son siempre gratuitos. Los hermanos y los grupos de cuidado infantil son bienvenidos.

READ and PLAY together with children 5 & under in English & Spanish! Engaging with books, songs and playful experiences all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills​ - and helps to build a lifelong love of reading. Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents José Olivarez for Promises of Gold
October 21, 1:30pm | Central Library

In this groundbreaking collection of poems, José Olivarez explores every kind of love—self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural. Grappling with the contradictions of the American Dream with unflinching humanity, he lays bare the ways in which “love is complicated by forces larger than our hearts.”
En esta innovadora colección de poemas, José Olivarez explora cada tipo de amor—el propio, fraternal, romántico, familiar, cultural. Lidiando con las contradicciones del sueño americano, con una humanidad inquebrantable, deja al descubierto las maneras en que “el amor se va complicando por fuerzas más grandes que nuestros corazones”.

CANCELED AS OF OCT. 4 - Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Robert Lopez for Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure
October 21, 4:30pm | Central Library

Robert Lopez’s grandfather Sixto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1904, immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, where he lived in a racially proportioned apartment complex in East New York, Brooklyn, until his death in 1987. The family’s efforts to assimilate within their new homeland led to the near complete erasure of their heritage, culture, and language within two generations. Through family recollection, the constant banter volleyed across nets within Brooklyn’s diverse tennis community, as well as an imagined fabulist history drawn from Sixto’s remembered traits, in Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure, Robert Lopez paints a compassionate portrait of family that attempts to bridge the past to the present, and re-claim a heritage threatened by assimilation and erasure.

Explore Online Resources

Spanish Art of the Picture Book Collection
Many of these books were sourced from a trip to Guadalajara back in 2019 and they feature books on a variety of topics written and illustrated by Latinx folx. LEARN MORE

Kanopy Streaming Service
Kanopy is home to 30,000+ titles, including a fantastic collection for Latinx Heritage Month! You can watch movies, documentaries, cartoons, and more all from the comfort of your own home using a smart TV, tablet, smart phone, etc. All you need to sign up is your library card. SIGN UP

Latinx Book Lists
You can read books in Spanish, written by Latinx authors or that focus on Latinx characters throughout the month and beyond! Madison Public Library has lists on Latino Fiction, Memoir, History, Poetry and more. START BROWSING

Libby eBooks + Audiobooks

Wisconsin’s Digital Library is a shared, state-wide collection of digital materials available to all Wisconsin public library card holders. It has thousands of popular eBook, eAudiobook, and digital magazine titles that you can read or listen to on most current mobile devices, tablets, phones, or your computer. Check out the celebration of Hispanic Authors they have going on right now! READ ON LIBBY

ComicsPlus is a huge collection of comics, graphic novels and manga available online with your library card! They've got a great collection of bilingual, Spanish and Latinx-driven stories called Hispanic Heritage, Latinx Voices. Plus, the great thing about ComicsPlus is that every title is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for offline reading -- no waiting on holds lists, no wasting data! TRY IT

Other Community Events

Viva México Festival
Sunday, September 17, 2-8:30 pm - Breese Stevens Field

Celebración de la Herencia Hispana
sábado, el 30 de septiembre, 12-4 pm - Madison Senior Center