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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Neighborhood Libraries of Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library proudly joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by providing fun, educational and festive programs for everyone. The community is invited to learn about Hispanic tradition, culture, music, and dance.

To find out more about the events and programs happening at the neighborhood library locations listed call 832-393-1313 or go to the Houston Public Library web page at www.houstonlibrary.org. These events are free and open to the public.

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the economic, cultural, and social contributions of past and present Hispanic Americans. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period beginning on September 15th and ending on October 15th. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402. Since then, every year the President issues an annual proclamation designating September 15th through October 15th as “Hispanic Heritage Month.”

The starting date for the celebration was chosen as September 15th because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. In addition, the celebration also incorporates October 12th festivities for Día de la Raza / Columbus Day, a national holiday celebrated throughout the Americas to observe our multicultural heritage.

Celebration Programs

Dance Houston’s Bellas Danzas
Learn the traditional movements of Ballet Folklorico, an embodiment of Mexican history and culture. Ballet Folklorico develops the important life skills of grace, agility, and self-expression. Bilingual instruction is led by Isidro Salas, certified choreographer from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon and the Instituto de Investigación y Difusión de La Danza Mexicana A.C. Students of all ages are impassioned and challenged by Señor Salas celebration of classical Mexican ballet.

Carnegie Neighborhood Library
1050 Quitman, 77009 * 832-393-1720
Tuesday, September 25 | 6 PM

Flores Neighborhood Library
110 North Milby, 77003 * 832-393-1780
Thursday, September 27 | 6 PM

Walter Neighborhood Library
7660 Clarewood, 77036 * 832-393-2500
Wednesday, October 3 | 4 PM

Melcher Neighborhood Library
7200 Keller, 77012 * 832-393-2480
Thursday, October 11 | 4 PM

Latin Arts & Crafts (Ages 6+)
Park Place Regional Library
8145 Park Place, 77017 * 832-393-1970
Wednesday, September 19 | 3 PM

Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072 * 832-393-1820
Thursday, September 20 | 4 PM

HPL Express Southwest
6400 High Star, 77074 * 832-393-2660
Monday, October 1 | 4 PM

Tuttle Neighborhood Library
702 Kress, 77020 * 832-393-2100
Wednesday, October 3 | 4 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month Storytime
Bilingual Storytime
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library
2436 Gessner Rd., 77080 * 832-393-1940
Wednesday, September 26 | 10:30 AM

Spanish Storytime
Ring Neighborhood Library
8835 Long Point, 77055 * 832-393-2000
Thursday, September 27 | 10:30 AM

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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