Hispanic Heritage Month

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September 15 - October 15, 2021

Programs and Events 

Book Explorers: Kids’ Virtual Book Club

Ages 5-8: Thursday, Sept. 16, 4-5 p.m., ONLINE 

Ages 8-11: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4-5 p.m, ONLINE 

This month Book Explorers is partnering with Museo de las Americas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Pick up a take-home book and craft kit courtesy of Museo de las Americas from any branch library location starting the first week of September while supplies last. A kit is not required to join the discussion. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Storytimes and Crafts 

Saturday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Athmar Branch Library

Saturday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Montbello Branch Library

Enjoy crafts and storytimes inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month. Stop by anytime between 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and make beautiful creations outdoors, or take the materials to complete the craft at home. 

 

Introduction to Hispanic Genealogy and Family History Research

Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library

Similar to Genealogy 101, this workshop in English will teach you the basics of genealogical research but with a focus on tracing Spanish surnamed ancestors in the United States, Latin America, and Spain.  

 

Empanadas from Argentina

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Sam Gary Branch Library

Join us for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with food and conversation! Practice your Spanish with DPL staff as we discuss recipes from different regions of Latin America while you sample the real thing. Learn how to make empanadas de carne with library staff member, Nicanor. Empanadas are a  delicious, meat-filled pastry that his mom has been making all her life, and provides him with a taste of Argentina. Samples included! Funded by the  NextFifty Initiative. 

 

Come play Lotería Mexicana!

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Montbello Branch Library

Friday, Sept. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Hadley Branch Library 

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library

Come and enjoy an hour of fun and community playing Lotería Mexicana and win prizes!  This program is ideal for adults. 

 

Book Explorers: Family Stories —  Illustrating Your Story with Museo de las Americas 

Saturday, Sept. 25, 10-11 a.m., ONLINE (ENGLISH) 

Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., ONLINE (SPANISH) 

Carmen Lomas Garza is known for her colorful and detailed illustrations of memorable experiences with her family and their traditions. In this workshop, kids ages 5-12 will learn about different family traditions and create their own illustrated family stories. 

 

Concert with Los Mocochetes 

Saturday, Sept. 25, 12-1 p.m. at ArtPark, 1900 35th St. 

Ready for some live music? Join us for a concert at our new branch in ArtPark with Los Mocochetes, a local Chicano Funk band. This colorful cast of characters fuses thoughtfully brazen, socio/ politically-charged song lyrics, groovilicious melodies, and high-energy stage antics to create an immersive experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  

 

Family Portraits with Armando Geneyro 

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library

Saturday, Oct. 2 at Montbello Branch Library 

Saturday, Oct. 9 at Valdez-Perry Branch Library

This Hispanic Heritage Month teens, tweens, and families will have the opportunity to team up with local photographer Armando Geneyro for a mini studio session to create a family portrait. Armando will document families in a formal studio session at select branches then turn his camera over to allow youth a chance to capture their family from their perspective. This is the artist’s way to celebrate Latino families and provide group portraits to families who may not necessarily have the opportunity and/or means to document their family though high-quality portraiture. 

 

Arepas from Venezuela 

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Sam Gary Branch Library 

Join us for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with food and conversation! Practice your Spanish with DPL staff as we discuss recipes from different regions of Latin America while you sample the real thing. Learn how to make one of the most popular  Venezuelan dishes, arepas, and then taste them!  Arepas are made with a corn flour dough and have a wide variety of fillings, including chicken,  cheese, and other meats. Samples included. Funded by the NextFifty Initiative.

 

La Llorona Festival 

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2-4 p.m. at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library 

Join us for a family-friendly fun-filled festival of interactive storytelling about legendary La Llorona.  Explore the myths and facts surrounding this iconic figure. Hear from Denver Public Library staff and community members about their own La Llorona traditions and share your own experiences as we examine the history and evolution of La Lloronas’  influence throughout the Americas. Create and decorate a weeping woman story. 

 

Tamales from Mexico 

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Sam Gary Branch Library 

Join us for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with food and conversation! Practice your Spanish with DPL staff as we discuss recipes from different regions of Latin America while you sample the real thing. Nadia will show you how to make her family recipe for tamales, a delicious dish made of corn based dough filled with different meats,  vegetables, or cheeses depending on the region.  Samples included.

 

2021 Latino Community Service Awards 

Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library 

As a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month,  the library is hosting its annual Latino Community  Service Awards. The Lena L. Archuleta and Eric J. Duran Community Service Awards recognize outstanding Latino leaders who take an active role in the Latino community, above and beyond paid employment. Likewise, the César Chávez  Latino Leadership Hall of Fame honors male and female leaders who have made major contributions in a particular field that positively impact Denver’s community. 

 

Pan con Chumpe from El Salvador 

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Sam Gary Branch Library 

Join us for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with food and conversation! Practice your Spanish with DPL staff as we discuss recipes from different regions of Latin America while you sample the real thing. Yanira and her mom will show you how to make pan con chumpe, a turkey sandwich taken to a  whole new level with an intricate sauce and pickled vegetables for a spectacularly refreshing and tender dish. Samples included. 

 

Musical Bingo! 

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m. at Raíces Brewing, 2060 W. Colfax Ave. 

Join us for Musical Bingo! You’ll view a music video,  then have 30 seconds to find the song on your board. Have fun and win prizes!  

 

Closing Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 

Friday, Oct 15, 7-10 p.m.at Aztlan Theater, 976 Santa Fe Dr. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with local musician and artist Adolfo Romero at the historic  Teatro Aztlan, an incredible gem in Denver’s historic Art District. Light refreshments provided,  with other beverages available for purchase.