Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebration Programs at the Houston Public Library

Style Magazine Newswire | 9/25/2013, 5:15 p.m. | Updated on 9/25/2013, 5:15 p.m.
The Houston Public Library Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta continues during October 2013. Join the Library in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month ...

The Houston Public Library Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta continues during October 2013. Join the Library in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with lots of 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 Central Library and neighborhood library locations call 832-393-1313 or go to the Houston Public Library’s website at http://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. This 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 15 and ending on October 15th. It was enacted into law on August 1, 1988 with 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 Featured

Second Annual LibroFEST

Houston LibroFEST is a book and arts festival for the general public that highlights Hispanic writers and showcases the vibrant culture of the Latino community through storytelling, writing workshops, book giveaways, and performances for children and adults. Featuring a lineup of acclaimed writers talking about "Heroes, Villains and Monsters," "Cops, Desperados" and debut poetry: Sarah Cortez, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Manuel Ramos, René Saldaña, Jr., and Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston’s Poet Laureate. Julia Ideson Building, * 550 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1662

Saturday, October 5 | 1 PM - 5 PM

Express Children's Theatre presents “Legends of Wind & Fire”

“Legends of Wind & Fire,” written by Edith W. Pross, is a bilingual retelling of classic Argentinean and Brazilian fables, told by Millartray and Mapú, two rambunctious Native American youths. Henington-Alief Regional Library * 7979 South Kirkwood, 77072 * 832-393-1820

Thursday, October 3 | 4 PM Central Library * 500 McKinney, 77002, * 832-393-1313

Saturday, October 5 | 1PM - 5 PM Walter Neighborhood Library * 7660 Clarewood, 77036 * 832-393-2500

Tuesday, October 8 | 4 PM Kendall Neighborhood Library * 609 N. Eldridge, 77079 * 832-393-1880

Wednesday, October 9 | 4 PM Bracewell Neighborhood Library * 9002 Kingspoint Dr., 77075 * 832-393-2580

Thursday, October 10 | 6:30 PM Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library * 4100 Montrose, 77006 * 832-393-1800

Tuesday, October 1 | 10:30 AM Smith Neighborhood Library * 3624 Scott St., 77004 * 832-393-2050

Wednesday, October 16 | 10:30 AM

Houston Grand Opera Presents: Storybook Opera Performance of Opera Cat

The reigning diva of Milan, Madame Soso, has a cat named Alma who secretly loves to sing along with her mistress. When Madame develops laryngitis on opening night, guess who steps in to save the day? Central Library * 500 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1313