library organizes activities for Hispanic Heritage Month | Culture

Livermore Public Library offers a range of activities for National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15.

Congress established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, the commemoration was extended to a full month.

In a press release, the library said it was “committed to honoring the history, community, and culture of identified Latinx, Hispanic, and Latino Americans by providing events and resources that recognize and celebrate their achievements and their contributions”.

Activities include free craft kits to recreate Taíno rock carvings, or petroglyphs, found in caves and near rivers in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Caribbean. The kits, designed for children ages 5 and up, can be picked up at secondary Livermore libraries while supplies last.

Other activities include:

September 16 – The Rincon Library, 725 Rincon Ave., and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District will host an outdoor movie night, beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring “Encanto,” an animated Disney film about a family who lives in a magical house in the mountains of Columbia. The program will also include popcorn, Columbina candies and a craft project.

September 19 – The Rincon Library will host games of Loteria, a traditional Mexican game of chance similar to bingo but using pictures on a deck of cards instead of numbers, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Players will have the opportunity to win books and other prizes.

September 20 – At 4 p.m., the Springtown Library, 998 Bluebell Dr., will host an all-ages craft project to learn about Guatemalan dolls, or Muneca Quitapena. The Livermore Library will also host a Zoom-based Authors and Arts series interview with Cecilia Aragon, award-winning author and professor of data science at the University of Washington, at 7 p.m.

September 23 – At 3 p.m., the Rincon Library will offer a paper craft project based on the distinctive Mola artwork of the Guna people of Colombia and Panama. All ages are welcome.

September 24 – At noon, the Civic Center Library will host a traditional Aztec dance and drumming performance by Oakland-based In Lak’ech Danza Azteca.

September 29 – At 7 p.m., the Livermore Library will host a Zoom-based interview with artist Rosie Mottsmith about authors and the arts, whose work is inspired by her heritage and Mexican American pride.

Oct. 3 – In Lak’ech Danza Azteca will perform at the Rincon Library at 6:30 p.m.

October 4 – At 4 p.m., the Springtown Library will offer Mexican pewter art for teens, a craft project, and an opportunity to learn about the history and cultural significance of traditional art hojalata. The program is open to students in grades 6-12 and registration is required.

October 5 – The Civic Center Library will offer Mexican pewter art for teens at 7 p.m. The program is open to students in grades 6-12 and registration is required.

October 7 – The Rincon Library will offer Mexican pewter art for teens at 3:30 p.m. The program is open to students in grades 6-12 and registration is required.

October 11 – The Civic Center Library will be offering Loteria games at 7 p.m. for a chance to win books and other prizes.

October 13 – At 7 p.m., Livermore Library’s Zoom-based Authors and Arts series will offer “From Walls to Bridges,” a look at how borders have affected Indigenous peoples, with educator Marisa Villegas.

All events are free and the library will provide art supplies for craft projects.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month activities, call 925-373-5505 or visit library.livermoreca.gov.

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