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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library
Press Release
Thursday, September 20, 2018


HOUSTON - Get ready for fiesta time as the Houston Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month starting September through October 2018.  Everyone is invited to join the fun! Learn about the cultures from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and more, prominent Hispanics through-out Houston’s history, music, food, and many family activities to enjoy.  All events are free and open to the public. For more information visit: 
www.houstonlibrary.org  or call 832-393-1313.

Show & Tell: Stories of Houston’s Mujeres      
Thursday September 20th | 6 PM - 7:45 PM 
Juila Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1662

Hispanic women have helped shape Houston in many significant. ways. Join the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) to see unique items that reflect the vibrant history of Hispanic women in Houston. This pop-up exhibit is a special opportunity to see, touch, and learn about the Hispanic Archival Collections. A discussion of the items on display will begin promptly at 7 PM. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.
 
¡Vamos a votar, Houston! (Let's Vote, Houston!)
Saturday, September 22 | 1 PM - 4 PM
Jungman Neighborhood Library| 5830 Westheimer, 77057 | 832-393-1860

Special Hispanic Heritage Month performances as well as speakers from local civic engagement groups, voter registration along with electoral educational resources and light refreshments. Kids will be able to enjoy activities such as crafts, face painting, and a Bilingual Storytime!
 
7th Annual LibroFest
Saturday, September 29th  | 12 PM
Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through fashion, books and fun! Attend the annual fest to learn about the beauty of the Hispanic culture with activities and sights that the entire family will enjoy. Activities with our Houston Metropolitan Research Center during LibroFest:
 
Book Snake Craft  
Children and their families will enjoy making their very own Book Snake weight (which holds book open) and learn basic techniques for handling books with care. 
 
Anthropoesia, Writer's Workshop 
Find inspiration for your story in our HMRC archives! Join us for our writer’s workshop where archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and historical documents.  Hear from Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects, as he  shares how a diary, a map, and newspaper clippings inspired his  anthropoesia. 
 
The Living Room at HPL
Saturday, September 29 | 10:30 AM

Heights Neighborhood Library | 1302 Heights Blvd., 77008 | 832-393-1810

The Heights Neighbohood Library invites the community to their 
Living Room HPL event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be food, dancing, crafting, kids' activities, an Open Poetry session, a Classical guitarist, and much more. This event will also feature a special temporary exhibition of photos of Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. 
 
HPL has partnered with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houstonto bring an amazing fiesta to the Library. They will be bringing the dance group Chikawa Conroe Texas Aztec Dance. They are a cultural and educational group that represents the modern Aztec dance and traditions.Information on services provided that the Consulate offers to the Mexican Community in Houston will be available.  
 
“DIEGO Y FRIDA: UNA SONRISA A MITAD DEL CAMINO”(Diego and Frida, A Smile Halfway), is a photo exhibition featuring some key moments in the lives of emblematic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Library customers will get to see a collection of photos by different photographers of these internationally well-known artist. This exhibit is free and sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston.
  
Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6 | 6 PM - 8 PM
HPL Express Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney St., 77010 | 832-393-1375

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month enjoying Loteria Night! Learn about Houston’s local Hispanic culture while playing this fun, interactive “bingo” game with a twist and Hispanic flare. Play the game and get the chance to win prizes which include reproductions of historic images housed at HMRC. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact HMRC at 
TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.

Houston: The Poetry of Us 
Saturday, October 27 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Juila Ideson Building | Reynolds Room | 550 McKinney St., 77002
832-393-1662

Share your experience and perspectives at our collecting event for Houston: The Poetry of Us, an oral history project aimed at collecting the voices of Houston poets and perspectives on the poetry scene in Houston our collecting event for Houston. This oral history effort is a collaborative partnership between the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects. Staff will be on-site with recording equipment to film brief interviews with attendees. All participants will receive a copy of their interview. Call 832-393-1662 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins welcome.
 
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 37 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7




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