Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Posted on August 28, 2017

by Angela B

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) Time Location
October 7 1 – 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) Time Location
September 1 4 – 5 p.m. Maumee
September 6 4 – 5 p.m. Lagrange
September 9 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Waterville
September 13 4 – 5 p.m. Washington
September 15 4 – 5 p.m. Birmingham
September 20 4 – 5 p.m. Mott
September 22 4 – 5 p.m. Toledo Heights
September 27 4 – 5 p.m. Point Place
October 4 4 – 5 p.m. Locke
October 4 6 – 7 p.m. Oregon
October 6 4 – 5 p.m. Holland
October 7 3 – 3:45 p.m. Main
October 11 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. West Toledo
October 13 4 – 5 p.m. South
October 18 4 – 5 p.m. Sanger
October 18 6 – 6:45 p.m. King Road
October 20 4 – 5 p.m. Kent
October 25 6 – 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) Time Location
September 7 6 – 7 pm West Toledo
September 14 6 – 7 pm King Road
September 25 6 – 7 pm Oregon
October 2 6:30 – 8 pm Heatherdowns
October 16 6 – 8 pm Reynolds 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) Location
September 15 – 23 Main – Teen
September 15 – 30 West Toledo
September 18 – October 14 Reynolds Corners
September 18 – 22 Mott
September 18 – 23 Waterville
September 25 – Oct 2 Heatherdowns
Oct 2 – 28 Sanger

To find out more about upcoming programs, check out our Programs page online.

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 Rivera Lucky broken girl / Ruth Behar Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice : Testimonies edited by Frank de Jesus Acosta and Henry A. J. Ramos ; foreword: Luis J. Rodriguez


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 Healthy Flavors of Mexico by Jennyfer Aranda (eBook)


Cuba : Culture Smart! / Mandy Macdonald and Russell Maddicks National Geographic traveler. Cuba - fourth edition Culture Smart! Mexico - The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture DK Eyewitness Mexico


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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