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Boston Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Booklist, Programs

by mschuler

BOSTON – September 28, 2015 – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Boston Public Library (BPL) has released “Latino Life 2015,” Latino Liferecommended books concerning the Latino experience, curated by BPL librarians. In addition, branches across the BPL system are offering themed programming. The recommended “Latino Life 2015” reading list is available for download or at any BPL location. Authors featured in the list include Mario Vargas Llosa, Kirstin Valdez Quade, politician Marco Rubio, sports stars Bengie Molina and Pedro Martínez, and more.

“Latino Life is a comprehensive compilation of recent titles that cover a variety of genres and give insight into Hispanic culture. I am grateful to staff members who recommended this literature and I encourage library users to attend programs that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the system,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library.

“Latino Life 2015” features 63 titles organized into the following sections: biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction.  Each book on the list is briefly summarized and gathered by a committee of BPL librarians. In addition, the librarians chose their 10 favorite books from “Latino Life 2015” and the list may be viewed via the press room blog.

The public is also invited to attend programs at BPL locations across the city in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • The Grove Hall Branch hosts Hispanic Heritage month-themed story times on October 6 and October 13 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Connolly Branch hosts The Drum Dream Girl Story Walk, a neighborhood literacy event taking place on October 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the library. The Drum Dream Girl Story Walk leads families and participants throughout the neighborhood (Hyde Square) as they read the story. Book pages will be placed in the windows of local businesses and affiliates and the walk ends at the Hyde Square Task Force’s Youth Community Development Center. The event concludes with a Latin drumming workshop led by youth leaders of the Hyde Square Task Force’s Dale Percussion Ensemble and includes music-themed crafts for kids. The story walk is part of the Connolly Branch and Hyde Square Task Forces’ Hispanic Heritage Month event series.
  • Join children and teens for a CRAFTernoon at the Connolly Branch on Tuesday, October 13, at 3 p.m. as they make Vejigante puppets, which are traditional colorful characters of Puerto Rican folklore.
  • Caldecott and Pura Belpré Award winner David Diaz visits the Faneuil and Roslindale branches to teach children about illustrating children’s books and art techniques. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their drawing skills.
  • The Hyde Park Branch hosts a “Havana in Hyde Park” film series on select dates through October 10, which will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. It is presented in collaboration with Artist-at-Large and ArtsAmica.



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