Hispanic Heritage Month

Released On: 9/15/2019

Hola! Hispanic Heritage Month is here and we’re celebrating across the Lorain Public Library System with a slew of events and programs.

Domonkas Branch Manager Anne Godec said her branch kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, a little early on Sept. 11 with “Muy Caliente! A Salsa Tasting.”

“Participants learned how salsa is made and used in Hispanic cuisine as well as why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month,” she said. “Attendees then tried a variety of salsas and vote to crown a library favorite. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because we need to acknowledge and honor the contributions made by those of Hispanic and Latino heritage, both for our country as a whole and Lorain County in particular.”

The Main Library has a “Hispanics in the Movies” exhibit focusing on 1930s to present day, which is currently on display and will be there until Oct. 15. There will also be a movie night series at the following dates and times on West Sixth Street:

  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26
  • 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10

North Ridgeville Youth Services Librarian Kelsey DeCoste said her branch will have a craft from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, which is geared towards children ages 5 and up and encourages families to interact with the richness of Hispanic culture by making crafts such as papel picado, maracas and yarn art.

“Libraries reflect their own community while also providing new experiences,” she said. “Having programs which celebrate cultural diversity, such as with Hispanic Heritage Month, make the library a place where all individuals feel represented and valued as well as encourages opportunities to learn more about others.“

Avon Branch Manager Donna Kelly said the branch is excited to be hosting Escencia Boricua Cultural De Lorain, a Puerto Rican dance troupe, at 2 p.m. Oct. 5. “This program is a great way to have families experience Hispanic culture and history through music and dance,” she said. 

The South Lorain Branch will have a community celebration with local Latino authors from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 where the authors will talk about their careers and works, followed by a question and answer session.

The authors include:

  • Raquel Ortiz, children’s book author
  • Gina Perez, Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College
  • Maritza Molis Aponte, nonfiction author

“This is a great opportunity to support the community and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month,” Branch Manager Ally Morgan said. “It’s important for the library to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of our Hispanic and Latino community.”