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Harris County Public Library is celebrating the contributions of people of Hispanic origin to the cultural vitality of the area with a family-friendly, free Fiesta with a bookish twist. Fiesta @ HCPL will be held Saturday, October 1 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Avenue A Park near the South Houston Branch Library. 

The event will feature special story times by local children’s authors from Arte Público Press, live Latin music performed by Apollo Chamber Players, The Essence of Mexico Dance presented by Young Audiences of Houston, Inprint Houston’s Poetry Buskers, HCPL’s mobile library on wheels, the Curiosity Cruiser, as well as crafts, games, facepainting, educational and community service booths, refreshments and more. 

“Fiesta @ HCPL is about celebrating family and heritage and all the ways that Harris County’s Hispanic community makes it such a vibrant place to live,” says Jennifer Schwartz, HCPL’s Programming Services Manager, “We’re also highlighting how Harris County Public Library and its partners support the community and help it thrive.” 

Fiesta @ HCPL LIVE

Arte Público Story Time with Xavier Garza - 1:30 PM Author photo Xavier Garza and Cover of La Llarona Can't Scare Me
Author/Storyteller Xavier Garza reads from his new bilingual picture book, La Llorona Can’t Scare Me / La Llorona no me asusta, 1:30 PM.

Latin Music for Strings & Percussion performed by Apollo Chamber Players with special guest Luisana Rivas - 2:15 PM
HCPL’s longtime community partner, Apollo Chamber Players celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month new music from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Venezuela, featuring Venezuelan mezzo soprano Luisana Rivas. 

Author Photo Jasminne Mendez and cover of Josefina’s Habichuelas/Las habichuelas de JosefinaArte Público Story Time with Jasminne Mendez - 3:00 PM
Author Jasminne Mendez will read from Josefina’s Habichuelas/Las habichuelas de Josefina, a sweet story about sweets, family, heritage and what it means to enjoy the sweeter things in life. 3:00 PM 

The Essence of Mexico: Dance Performance by Mixteco Ballet Folklórico presented by Young Audiences of Houston - 3:45 PM
Mixteco Ballet Folklórico performs dances from the Northern state of Nuevo Leon including Zapateados, Polkas, and Norteños. 

Special Guests, Community Partners & Sponsors

Inprint Houston’s Poetry Buskers   
Poems written on demand in English or Spanish by Inprint’s talented team of bards. 

HCPL’s Curiosity Cruiser with Northtale & Owlbotron 
Real-life reading superheroes Northtale and Owlbotron and their amazing Curiosity Cruiser, HCPL’s ‘mobile library on wheels,’ will host lawn games for the kids. 

Harris County Public Health Department
Information booths for WIC, Dental Health and Lead Program

Arte Público Press, Avenue 360, Harris County Elections, Harris County Precinct 2, Harris County Public Health, Inprint, LULAC,  Panaderia Tierra Caliente, SERJobs, and more. 

Fiesta @ HCPL is a community event and was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: 

list of sponsor logos

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15 @ Your Library 

HCPL branches across the county will be hosting a variety of events and programs for Hispanic Heritage Month including crafts, movies, cooking demonstrations, scavenger hunts, guest speakers and special story times. Dates, times, and details can be found at 

Hispanic Heritage Month Logo

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