Celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Toledo

Posted on September 1, 2016

by Angela B

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, has been celebrated in the United States since 1968. The Toledo Lucas County Library is helping you to celebrate in various events all “month” long.

2016 Library Events

Hispanic Heritage Main Celebration – Experience Latin music, art, and cuisine on Main’s Library North Lawn. Start with a Library Read In – then the real fun begins! Enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Drew Ruiz, watch traditional dances by El Corazon de Mexico and music by Jacob Estrada. Commemorate your evening with a stop at our Photo booth. This program is funded by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date Time Library Location
September 15 6 – 8 p.m. Main Library – North Lawn

Hispanic Heritage Dance Celebration – Participate in traditional Mexican dancing, bingo, and salsa taste testing in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This is fun for all ages. This program is funded by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date (2016) Time Library Location
September 14 4 – 5 p.m. Kent Branch
September 19 6 – 7 p.m. Maumee Branch
September 26 6 – 7 p.m. Sylvania Branch
September 28 4 – 5 p.m. Children’s Library – Main Branch
October 3 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Oregon Branch
October 10 4 – 5 p.m. Locke Branch
October 20 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sanger Branch

Hispanic Heritage Art Celebration – Create a traditional Aztec Headdress, play bingo, and taste test salsa in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This is fun for all ages. This program is funded by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Date Time Library Location
September 28 4 – 5 p.m. Toledo Heights Branch
September 28 4 – 5 p.m. South Branch
September 29 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Washington Branch
September 30 4 – 5 p.m. Birmingham Branch
October 5 4 – 5 p.m. Mott Branch
October 5 4 – 5 p.m. Lagrange Branch
October 12 4 – 5 p.m. West Toledo Branch

Latin Ballroom Dancing– The Ballroom Company will lead participants through an introductory dance lesson. You will learn Latin dancing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to have fun. This program is funded by The Library Legacy Foundation and The Ballroom Company.

Date Time Library Location
September 17 11 a.m. – noon Sanger Branch
September 17 4 – 5 p.m. Oregon Branch
September 19 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Point Place Branch
September 20 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Maumee Branch
September 21 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Waterville Branch
September 22 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Holland Branch
September 23 11 a.m. – noon Sylvania Branch

There are over 20 programs to choose from! Our various locations are also hosting Hispanic Heritage Preschool Storytimes. Call your local library to ask about dates and times.

For more about Hispanic Heritage in the United States, check these books out …

Culture and History

Hispanic Heritage Month = Mes de la herencia hispana / Kerrie Logan HollihanHispanic Heritage Month = Mes de la herencia hispana by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Describes the meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month, the period between September 15 and October 15 that includes Dâia de la Raza, or Columbus Day, and discusses the origins of the Hispanic population and its contributions to the United States.

Portraits of Hispanic American heroes by Juan Felipe HerreraPortraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world. This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics. Gorgeous portraits complement sparkling biographies of Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Roberto Clemente, and many more. Complete with timelines and famous quotes, this tome is a magnificent homage to those who haveshaped our nation. In this volume: Adelina Otero-Warren, Bernardo de Galvez, Cesar Chavez, David Farragut, Dennis Chavez, Desi Arnaz, Dolores Huerta, Ellen Ochoa, Helen Rodriguez Trias, Hero Street USA, Ignacio Lozano, Jaime Escalante, Joan Baez, Judy Baca, Julia de Burgos, Luis Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Roberte Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, and Tomas Rivera.

Our America : a Hispanic history of the United States / Felipe Fernández-ArmestoOur America: A Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Maps the influence of America’s Hispanic past, from the explorers and conquistadors who helped colonize Puerto Rico and Florida, to the missionaries and rancheros who settled in California and the 20th-century resurgence in major cities like Chicago and Miami.

Latino Americans : the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation / Ray SuarezLatino Americans: The 500-year Legacy That Shaped a Nation by Ray Suarez

Chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shaped our nation and have become, with more than fifty million people, the largest minority in the United States. This companion to the landmark PBS miniseries vividly and candidly tells how the story of Latino Americans is the story of our country. Author and acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a five-hundred-year span, encompassing an epic range of experiences from the early European settlements to Manifest Destiny; the Wild West to the Cold War; the Great Depression to globalization; and the Spanish-American War to the civil rights movement. Available in print and eBook.

Encyclopedia of Latino culture : from calaveras to quinceaneras / Charles M. Tatum, editorEncyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras – Charles M. Tatum, editor (eBook)

This three-volume encyclopedia describes and explains the variety and commonalities in Latina/o culture, providing comprehensive coverage of a variety of Latina/o cultural forms — popular culture, folk culture, rites of passages, and many other forms of shared expression. Available through Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States edited by Lori M. Carlson ; introduction by Oscar HijuelosCool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States edited by Lori M. Carlson ; introduction by Oscar Hijuelos

Poems celebrating Hispanic culture are the focus of this collection. Liberal sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases with some poems translated from one language to another make this an ideal anthology for both the English class and the bilingual ESL classroom. Topics for poems extend from hot dogs to learning English to the revolution in Nicaragua. What all of the selections have in common is the adolescent experience at the core of the poem.

Culinary Creations

Mexican today : new and rediscovered recipes for contemporary kitchens / Pati Jinich ; photography by Ellen Silverman The Latin road home : savoring the foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru / Jose Garces Latin D'lite : delicious Latin recipes with a healthy twist / Ingrid Hoffmann
Healthy Latin eating : our favorite family recipes remixed / Angie Martinez & Angelo Sosa, with Shirley Fan, MS, RD ; photographs by Christina Holmes Mexican flavors : contemporary recipes from Camp San Miguel / Hugh Carpenter, Teri Sandison Gran cocina latina : the food of Latin America / Maricel E. Presilla ; photographs by Gentl & Hyers/Edge ; food styling by Andrea Gentl ; drawings by Julio Figueroa

Featured Image Credit: US Army 53334 Hispanic Heritage Dance (Wikimedia Commons, public domain).

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