Hispanic Heritage Month Events at Alexandria Library
                      

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize the achievements of Hispanic and Latin Americans. Please join us throughout September as we celebrate the history and contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans.

Also check out the resources Alexandria Library has compiled.

Beatley Central

1, 2, 3 Andres!
Friday, September 29
10:30AM and 11:30AM
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Grammy winning children’s musician Andrés in this interactive musical performance in English and Spanish. Please arrive early as space is limited. (Ages 0-5 with caregivers)

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta
Saturday, October 7
1:30PM
Latin music, dancing, arts, crafts, snacks, and more! Bring the family and celebremos! (All ages)

Bilingual English/Spanish Pre-K Storytime Class
Tuesday, October 10

11:30AM
Join us for a special bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Storytime Class with stories, songs, and a craft. Class size is limited so please arrive early. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services Desk half an hour before the program begins. (Ages 3-5 with an adult)

Day of the Dead Craft Night
Tuesday, October 10
7:00PM
Join us for a variety of Day of the Dead themed crafts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. All supplies will be provided. For ages 16 and up.

Bilingual English/Spanish Pre-K Storytime Class
Thursday, October 12

10:30AM
Join us for a special bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Storytime Class with stories, songs, and a craft. Class size is limited so please arrive early. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services Desk half an hour before the program begins. (Ages 3-5 with an adult)

Tango Without Borders
Thursday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 17
12:00PM
Tango is about communication. Communication can happen with language, with music, with food, or through dance. QuinTango brings all these forms of communication together in Tango without Borders, a class that welcomes all Alexandrians - English-speaking, non-English speaking, new arrivals or longtime residents. Join QuinTango Director Joan Singer for a social time with food and drink and then learn the basic tango steps. No dance experience or partner necessary.

Barrett Branch

Latinx LGBTQ+ History in Greater Washington, D.C.
Saturday, September 16
3:00PM
The Kate Waller Barrett Branch of the Alexandria Library cordially invites you to a presentation by Jose Gutierrez on the history of the DC Latinx LGBTQ community and the organizations that fought for recognition and civil rights. Washington, D. C. historian, advocate and Latino GLBT History Project founder, Jose Gutierrez will share memorabilia, pictures, t-shirts and posters that hail from his collection from the late 1980's to the present.

Grace Flores-Hughes: The Life and Career of an Hispanic Woman in Government
Monday, September 25
7:30PM
Please join us for an evening with Grace Flores-Hughes whose career, spanning several administrations, helped to shape and set policies, especially concerning the lives of Hispanic Americans. Her book, Tale of Survival: Memoir of an Hispanic Woman will be available for purchase and signing.

Burke Branch

Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, September 13
2:00PM
A book detective in pursuit of rare editions is drawn into a swirling plot when a well-known bibliophile is found dead. Join us for a discussion of The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Mystery Book Club meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 2PM at the Burke Branch Library.

Spanish Language Class for Beginners
Friday, September 15
10:00AM
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by joining us for a free Spanish language class. Class is 2 hours long.

McFarland USA (2015 © Disney) PG
Monday, September 18
3:30PM
A struggling California track coach turns a group of underdogs into champions. Inspired by actual events. (Ages 11 and up)

Spare Parts (2015 © Lionsgate) PG-13
Thursday, September 28
3:30PM
With only 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, a Hispanic robotics team challenges the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. (Ages 11 and up)

Papel Picado Craft Event
Thursday, October 12
4:00PM
In preparation for El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), join us in making this traditional Mexican cut-paper craft. (Ages 6-14)

Book of Life (2014 Twentieth Century Fox) PG
Thursday, October 26
5:00PM
Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds. (All ages welcome)(Ages 11 and up)

Display
“In Our Own Words: What Does It Mean to be Hispanic/Latino?” Quotes from prominent Latinos on being Latino.

Duncan Branch

Pre-K Story Time: Hispanic Heritage
Tuesday, September 19
4:00PM
Children ages 3+ with caregivers can enjoy stories and songs themed around Hispanic Heritage Month. (Ages 3-5)

Spanish Story Time
Thursday, September 21 & September 28
4:00PM
Children ages 3+ with caregivers can enjoy stories and songs themed around Hispanic Heritage Month. (Ages 3-5)

Hispanic History and the Civil War
Thursday, September 28
6:00PM
Hispanics fought on both sides during the American Civil War. Many suddenly found themselves classified as Americans when the United States expanded its boundaries. Others were recent immigrants from Spain and Latin America, coming to the United States in hopes of improving their lives. When the nation split in two, many were forced to choose whether to support the Union or the Confederacy. Learn about this fascinating side of Hispanic-American history with a Park Ranger from the National Parks Service.

Book of Life (2014 © 20th Century Fox Animation) PG
Wednesday, October 4
3:30PM
The Book of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. (Ages 6-12)