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Harris County Public Library is so excited to bring Hispanic Heritage month celebrations to our digital and physical patrons alike! While there’s not a whole lot that we can do about in-person programming, we can still have programming that you can take home and follow along with us! Please feel free to make these crafts and activities your own and stray from doing everything by the book as Hispanic heritage month is about celebrating our differences and looking to our ancestors for inspiration!


 

Tin foil visual

Monday, September 13, 2021, 3:50 PM

Rolling right into the celebrations is our first “Take and Make” craft from Fairbanks library! On September 13th you can pick up the craft for TIN FOIL ART by coming into their library or curbside (while supplies last). The demonstration video will be posted on all social media platforms and if you have any further questions about it you can call 832-927-7890.

Fairbanks Branch Library on Facebook


 

paper mache pinata

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 4:30- 5:15 PM

On September 14th, Fairbanks will be hosting the SMALL PAPER MACHE PINATA event. Registration is required so you can contact  them at 832-927-7890 to sign up. Limited spaces are available so hurry on up! The program will be conducted outside next to the library (baseball field lawn) or indoors if COVID-19 conditions improve.


 

scavenger hunt

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Aldine Library is hosting a SCAVENGER HUNT that’s starts on September 15th and runs until October 16th. The staff have hidden ten profiles of influential Hispanic Americans throughout the library stacks. Each profile will give you fun trivia about each person. Can YOU find them all?


 

bus trip

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Also on September 15th, Lone Star College will be hosting the 50+ BUS TRIP TO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND MI PUEBLITO RESTAURANT! Our seniors admission prices to the museum will vary based on which exhibits you will wish to see to please be sure to head on over to https://www.mfah.org to check out what posted.

The first exhibit is from Ernesto Neto, Sun Force Ocean Life.

The second exhibit is from Olga de Amaral, To Weave a Rock.

To take a look at the menu for Mi Pueblito and to see the delicious food they offer, click HERE.


 

worry dolls

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM

South Houston Branch Library is also celebrating on the 15th of September by making WORRY DOLLS/MUNECAS QUITAPENAS. These tiny, handmade dolls are found in Guatemala and Mexico and are believed to take your worries away when placed underneath your pillow at bedtime. Join the fun online at www.facebook.com/southhoustonlibrary or at www.instagram.com/southhoustonlibrary. Pick up a kit to make your own Worry Doll at the South Houston Branch Library, free while supplies last.


 

corsage

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Freeman Library is bringing a traditional craft to our patrons with the TISSUE PAPER FLOWER CORSAGE on September 17th! The video will show how we do it and what you can do to make it your own. The paper flower can be made in many different ways, in many different sizes so feel free to experiment. Come by the library on Friday, September 17th to get your take and make kit and follow along with us! 


 

gaucho

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

On September 23rd, Atascocita library will be providing kits for the PAPER DOLL GAUCHO. Just visit the Atascocita Branch Library and ask the front desk or use our curbside services to request a kit. Color your Gaucho and use him to tell a story! Be sure to come to the library to read all about The Gauchos.


 

mfah

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:00 AM

The MFAH's newest exhibition space, The Kinder Building, highlights its extensive and growing collection of significant art from the artists of Mexico, Central America and South America. Learn about how the Latin American art movements have developed and influenced art collections throughout the world. MORE INFO.


Our Partnerships, Programs, and Outreach division also has a few events that you might want to tune into:

azteca

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 6:30 PM 

Danza Azteca Splendor, Live! 

Join Young Audiences partners Calmecac Indigenous Organization and experience the world of Ancient Mexico in this multi-disciplinary performance of traditional Aztec dancing, a form of dance that has been done in private rather than public for nearly 40 years in the United States. Audience members will learn about Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods that deliver a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. Your senses will be delighted with colorful feathered headpieces, the sounds of conch shells and shaking rattles, combined with the deep sound of the drums and high-pitched ocarina flutes.


 

flamenco

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00 PM

Join professional Flamenco dancer and Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist, Ana Maria Barcelo, and learn more about the beauty, strength, and variety that exists within the Flamenco dance and culture.

arte publico

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4:30 PM 

Our Heroes in History: Hispanic Icons 

Are your kids looking for heroes to write about for Hispanic Heritage Month? Join authors Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford and José Angel Gutiérrez as they discuss their new bilingual biographies about Latino leaders. Ashford-Rivera, the author of Raulito: The First Latino Governor of Arizona / El primer gobernador latino de Arizona, writes about the obstacles Raúl H. Castro had to surmount to become the first—and only—Mexican-American governor of Arizona. Gutiérrez, the author of Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín: My Story of Cinco de Mayo / Mi version del Cinco de Mayo, writes about the Mexican general (born in what is now Texas!) who defeated the French Army at the Battle of Puebla that’s memorialized by the Cinco de Mayo holiday. 


As always, we will have a craft that you can pick up at your local library. For Hispanic Heritage month, we are doing an activity on Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian in New York Public Library, who was known for her love of storytelling (often with puppets). She brought Puerto Rican folktales to English readers and library services to the Spanish speaking communities. Using a brown paper bag, construction paper, yarn, and creativity, make a puppet! Use your puppet to share stories with your family and friends!

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