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San Diego Public Library celebrates and recognizes the rich heritage, history, cultures, resiliency, and contributions of our Latinx, Latine, Latino-identified and Hispanic communities. We recognize that there is deeply rooted pride in heritage and that self-identities are important, unique, and may change overtime. We celebrate with an array of programs for all ages and recommended reading and listening lists from our English and Spanish collections.
 
La Biblioteca Pública de San Diego celebra y reconoce la herencia, historias, culturas, resilencia y contribuciones de nuestras comunidades latinas, lantine, latinx e hispanas. Reconocemos que existe un orgullo profundo en la herencia y que las identidades propias son importantes, únicas y pueden cambiar con el tiempo. Celebramos con una variedad de programas para todas las edades y listas de lectura y audio recomendadas de nuestras colecciones en inglés y español.

Events

 
"Eloquent Suffering," Nathaly Alvizures Photography
"Eloquent Suffering" Nathaly Alvizures Photography
Monday, September 12 - October 31, 2022 | Exhibit at Central Library's 2nd Floor
 
Nathaly began her journey as a serious photographer in 2013 as she captured her life’s surroundings in photos. In 2018 her photography work encompassed a deeper role in her life. Nathaly struggled with homelessness and found herself living in a Domestic Violence Shelter called Becky’s House with her five children. With life becoming painfully uncertain, Nathaly turned to her two main passions, motherhood- -first and foremost--and photography. She focused on her photography as a means to document her current challenges, and in doing so, found that she could express her suffering through the eye of her lens. Nathaly’s work has been inspired not only by personal misery but from three of her favorite artists; the famous Poet Edgar Allan Poe, the filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and the actor Johnny Depp. All of their works incorporate a sense of surrealism that Nathaly admires.

 

Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) Poster
Monday, September 12, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Library | Learn More
 
Picture This celebrates Latinx/Latine Heritage Month with a screening of the magical realism classic: Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate).

 

 
Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) Poster
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library | Learn More
 
During September we'll show films to celebrate both Latinx Heritage Month and Banned Books Week (September 18-24).  We'll begin by screening Like Water for Chocolate, on Tuesday 9/13.  

 

Ballet Folklorico
Every Tuesday 9/13-11/15 and 12/6-12/13 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
Join us for a fun afternoon of dance instruction for youth ages 5-12.  Children from beginners to experienced are welcome to join this amazing group of talented performers to improve their skills. To register your child, please email LOstaff@sandiego.gov.

 

Take Home Crafts
Take and Make Crafts
September 15 - October 15| Open Library Hours | Otay Mesa-Nestor Library | Learn More
 
Stop by the the Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library between September 15- October 15 to pick up a Hispanic Heritage month craft to make at home. Crats include a bird inspired Maraca, a burro Sun Catcher, and more! While supplies last. Please contact the library for additional details.

 

Tinker Thursday: Ojo de Dios
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
Join us in celebrating this month with some special crafts such as Ojo de Dios inspired by Latinx traditions.  Reservation is not required.

 

Create It Thursday: Latinx Heritage Month (Repujada)
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library | Learn More
 
Create your very own Repujado (re-poo-ha-doe) artisanal piece of work. Traditional soft metals used are brass, copper, and aluminum. A Repujado is Mexican art with Spanish influence and dates to the 12th century. Registration is recommended.

 

Selena Watch Party and Bejeweled Craft
Friday, September 16, 2022 | 3:45 - 6 p.m. | La Jolla/Riford Library | Learn More
 
"Anything for Selena!" Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at our Selena Watch Party. Enjoy pizza (the late star's favorite food) and craft a bejeweled 80's accessory! Grades 6-12.

 

Tinker Thursday: Paper Flowers
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
Join us in celebrating this month with special crafts such as paper flowers inspired by Latinx traditions. Registration is not required. While supplies last. 

 

Maker Mondays: Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Pots
Monday, September 26, 2022 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Learn More
 
Led by the amazing artists of ToshWerks, participants will embellish a custom terra-cotta flower pot with permanent markers and specialty pens. Then plant a jade succulent to liven it up in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. Free program, all are welcome. Registration is required.

 

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Hispanic Heritage Month
Monday, September 26, 2022 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Central Library- 4th floor | Learn More
 
Learn the basics of Wikipedia editing while learning more about influential Hispanic figures. It is highly recommended that participants create a Wikipedia account ahead of time.

 

Picture This: El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) poster
Monday, September 26, 2022 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. | Central Library | Learn More
 
Picture This celebrates Latinx/Latine Heritage Month with a screening of Guillermo del Toro's horror fairy tale masterpiece: El Laberinto del Faun.

 

San Diego OASIS: Women in Aztec Society
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 12:30 - 2:30pm | University Community Library | Learn More
 
This lecture highlights the roles and every day life of Mesoamerican women and how they lived before the European conquest from birth to death.

 

Picture This: Desperado poster
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library | Learn More
 
During September we'll show films to celebrate both Latinx Heritage Month and Banned Books Week (September 18-24).  We'll conclude by screening Desperado, on Tuesday 9/27.
 
Desperado: El Mariachi, a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case, hunts down the drug dealer responsible for the death of his girlfriend. During his mission he meets a sexy bookstore owner. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi. (1995, R, 104 min)

 

Mini Piñata Craft
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Mountain View/Beckwourth Library | Learn More
 
Learn how to make a fun mini piñata to decorate your home or office space. This is a fun craft that is easy to make using common household items.

 

Create It Thursday: Latinx Heritage Month (Alebrijes & Coco Screening)
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library | Learn More
 
Watch the Disney movie Coco and sculpt your own mystical clay Alebrije (ah-le-bree-heh). Alebrijes are whimsical pieces of Mexican folk art depicting mystical and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns.

 

Tinker Thursday: Papel Picado
Thursday, October 6, 2022 |  4 - 5:30 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
Join us in celebrating this month with special crafts such as papel picado inspired by Latinx traditions. Registration is not required. While supplies last.

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Fiesta!
Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
Join us for a fun-filled day of cultural performances, crafts, and games at the Logan Heights Branch Library.


 

Local Author Talk: Carlos Tarrac
Monday, October 10, 2022 |  6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Learn More
 
The library will be hosting San Diego author and poet, Carlos Tarrac. Join us for an evening of reading and discussion. 

 

Piñata Art with Art Smarts
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 |  5 - 6 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Learn More
 
In celebration of LatinX Heritage Month, learn how to draw a 3-D Piñata with the artists at Art Smarts.  This program is for youth aged 5-11, that will develop fine motor skills and creativity.

 

Logan Heights Book Club: House on Mango Street
Logan Heights Book Club: House on Mango Street
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | Starts at 6 p.m. | Logan Heights Library 
 
Join us for our first Logan Heights book club where we will read House on Mango Street in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.  In this series of vignettes, readers meet Esperanza, a Mexican American youth about to embark on puberty.  Readers follow Esperanza’s journey through adolescents and a traumatic experience as she decides whether to leave her family, friends, and Mango Street. 

 

Lotería @ the Library: Mexican Bingo Game Night
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 3:30 -  4:30 p.m. | Point Loma/Hervey Library | Learn More
 
Don’t miss your chance to win big at Lotería @ the Library! We'll have Lotería (similar to bingo), refreshments, music and more! Play for a chance to win cool prizes, including mini piñatas filled with candies.

 

Create It! Sugar Skulls with Back from Tomboctou
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 |  5 - 6 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Learn More
 
Join us for this special Create It @ Your Library program. Learn how to make Sugar Skulls with artists from Back from Tomboctou. This program is for youth aged 5-11, that will develop fine motor skills and creativity.
 

Resources

Pura Belpre Award - The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
 

 


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