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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

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The Toledo Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation love to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15). We have been providing amazing programming to the public since 2008, and this year is no different. Check out these great opportunities to create memorable cultural experiences right here in Northwest Ohio.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

2017 Library Events

Experience the Latino World

An All Ages Hispanic Heritage Program

Experience the Latino World
Guitar photo by Angel Torres / Food photo by Michelle D.

Come to the Main Library to “Experience the Latino World!” Taste the Latino World from Toledo’s best Mexican and Cuban restaurants and sip on delicious traditional drinks. Travel the Latino World by viewing videos of Latin America and visiting our passport info table. Feel the Latino World through our family cardio drumming and crafting stations. Listen to the Latino World with music by Hector Mendoza, and much more - there is something for everyone as we celebrate the Latino World! Brought to you by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date (2017)TimeLocation
October 71 - 3:30 p.m.Main

Cardio Drumming

A Family Hispanic Heritage Program

Drum Sticks
Photo by Phil Roeder

Have fun and exercise by cardio drumming with Latin music and then cool down with some refreshing Agua Fresca. The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center presents this lively family program for Hispanic Heritage Month. Ages 5 and up. Sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date (2017)TimeLocation
September 14 - 5 p.m.Maumee
September 64 - 5 p.m.Lagrange
September 911 a.m. - 12 p.m.Waterville
September 134 - 5 p.m.Washington
September 154 - 5 p.m.Birmingham
September 204 - 5 p.m.Mott
September 224 - 5 p.m.Toledo Heights
September 274 - 5 p.m.Point Place
October 44 - 5 p.m.Locke
October 46 - 7 p.m.Oregon
October 64 - 5 p.m.Holland
October 73 - 3:45 p.m.Main
October 115:30 - 6:30 p.m.West Toledo
October 134 - 5 p.m.South
October 184 - 5 p.m.Sanger
October 186 - 6:45 p.m.King Road
October 204 - 5 p.m.Kent
October 256 - 7 p.m.Heatherdowns

Cooking with Spices

An Adult Hispanic Heritage Program

Photo by Christian Ramiro Gonzalez Veron

Learn to make different spices with a Molcajete to use in Latin cooking. Also, discuss different types of chilies and how to cook with each one. The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center presents this tasty adult program for Hispanic Heritage Month sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date (2017)TimeLocation
September 76 - 7 pmWest Toledo
September 146 - 7 pmKing Road
September 256 - 7 pmOregon
October 26:30 - 8 pmHeatherdowns
October 166 - 8 pmReynolds Corners

Hispanic Heritage Drop-In Programs

Learn about Hispanic cultures around the world. Stop by during library hours to try one of our drop-in activities.

Date (2017)
September 15 - 23Main - Teen
September 15 - 30
West Toledo
September 18 - October 14Reynolds Corners
September 18 - 22
September 18 - 23
September 25 - Oct 2
Oct 2 - 28

Library Materials honoring Hispanic Heritage

Books for Children

The beach trip / by Jacqueline JulesThe Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules
Series: Sofia Martinez, Book 9

Ages 5 - 7

The Martinez family is headed for a weekend at the beach, along with their friends, but Sofia has packed so many games that she does not have room for clothes.
Rooting for Rafael Rosales / Kurtis ScalettaRooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Ages 9-12

In the Dominican Republic, a boy who dreams of playing professional baseball in the United States crosses paths with a young environmentalist from Minneapolis who is passionate about saving bees.
Bravo! Poems about amazing Hispanics by Margarita EngleBravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Ages 8-12

Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.

Books for Teen

The education of Margot Sanchez / Lilliam RiveraThe Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family's South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.

Also available in eBook.
Lucky broken girl / Ruth BeharLucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Also available in Audiobook and eAudio.
Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice : Testimonies edited by Frank de Jesus Acosta and Henry A. J. Ramos ; foreword: Luis J. RodriguezLatino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice : Testimonies edited by Frank de Jesus Acosta and Henry A. J. Ramos ; foreword: Luis J. Rodriguez

In this compelling collection of first-person testimonials—essays, poetry and letters—Latino men and boys who have been or are incarcerated write movingly about their past and future. The book also incorporates essays by community advocates seeking criminal and juvenile justice system reform. Leaders of organizations including Barrios Unidos, Homeboy Industries, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and National Compadres Network contribute pieces that address issues such as culture-based healing and violence prevention. Many use artistic expression as a form of healing, and this volume includes a wide variety of art, from poetry to drawings, tattoos and murals.


The Cuban table : a celebration of food, flavors, and history / Ana Sofía Peláez Latin American Street Food by Sandra A. Gutierrez (eBook) Cool Mexican cooking : fun and tasty recipes for kids / Lisa Wagner
Spain's Most Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them Best (eBook) Healthy Flavors of Mexico by Jennyfer Aranda (eBook) The Peruvian Kitchen by Morena Cuadra (eBook)


Cuba : Culture Smart! / Mandy Macdonald and Russell Maddicks National Geographic traveler. Cuba - fourth edition Cuba Travel Guide by The Lonely Planet (eBook)
Culture Smart! Mexico - The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture DK Eyewitness Mexico Lonely Planet Mexico (eBook)


Five [deluxe edition] / Prince Royce - music CD Como no queriendo / Banda Carnaval - music CD Dance Latin #1 hits 2.0. - music CD

We want to send out a huge thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who support the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation. Without your continued support we would not be able to offer quality programs like the ones featured in this blog post.

The Library Legacy Foundation

Featured image credit: Photo by Gregory Smith.

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