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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Your Milwaukee Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage throughout the year, and during Hispanic Heritage Month, we have programming and resources for everyone to enjoy. 

2022 Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month flyer



Bembe Drum and Dance

Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.
Tippecanoe Branch 

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.
Bay View Branch

Join us for an in-person dance class on Bomba Puertorriqueña with Bembé Drum & Dance! Bembé is a cultural performing arts program that inspires music and performance skills, intergenerational connection, and cultural identity exploration through Afro-Latino musical culture. All ages.


Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch

Karlies Kelley Vedula of Panadanza Dance Company will lead a dance lesson featuring Latin American dances including Salsa and Bachata! Learn about the roots of Salsa and other Latin dances and experience first-hand the rhythms of Panadanza!

Saturday Crafts Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Saturdays, September 17-October 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zablocki Branch

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with some crafts.  Drop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays to make some crafts in the children's area.  We will be making paper tissue flowers or try Papel Picado a traditional Mexican craft. 

Hora de cuentos (Spanish Story Time) 

Viernes, 9 de septiembre al 28 de octubre, 9:30 am

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Los niños pequeños y las personas que los cuidan están invitados a los programas virtuales llenos de cuentos, canciones y actividades de juego. Todos los programas están diseñados para ayudar a los pequeños a desarrollar las habilidades de la alfabetización temprana.


Book Chat with author Natalie Caña 

Tuesday, September 20,-6 p.m.
Virtual - Please register in advance for the Zoom  Webinar

Need something to read? Join librarians from the Milwaukee Public Library and special guest Natalie Caña as they share a list of curated books guaranteed to fill up your to-be-read pile. Read A PROPOSAL THEY CAN'T REFUSE now, available for library hold on CountyCat. Natalie Caña has been many things: a teacher of fun-sized to king-sized humans, a seriously unqualified softball coach, a scaredy-cat Halloween store manager, an Emmy award-winning public television producer, and more. The one thing she's ALWAYS been since she first picked up a pencil, is a writer.  She loves to incorporate her you'll-never-believe-what-just-happened-to-me personal experiences, enthusiasm for telenovela tomfoolery, and love for her Latinx culture into creating funny, heartfelt, and just a little bit over-the-top contemporary romances for characters who look and sound like her.

Ceramic Sugar Skull Decorating

Tuesday, September 27, 6 p.m. - Registration Required
Bay View Branch

Monday, October 3, 6 p.m. - Registration Required
MItchell Street Branch

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15… celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Join us for a hands-on program for adults.  We will learn about the Day of The Dead and the Mexican practice of decorating calaveras or skulls with colorful paint and glitter as a way to honor the memory of their loved ones. Each participant will get a ceramic skull which they will decorate while enjoying Mexican treats. The skulls are theirs to keep. Limit 12.

Pop Genre Horror Book Club

Monday, September 26, 6 p.m.
Bay View Branch

Are you interested in learning more about popular book genres but don't know where to start? Join the Pop Genre Book Club! We'll be reading and discussing carefully curated selections from Romance, Horror, and Mystery, sending you off with a list of similar titles for further exploration. Choose just one genre or sample all three. In September, the Bay View Branch Pop Genre Book Club will read and discuss Silvia Morena-Garcia's Mexican Gothic. Get your copy now: CountyCat Hardcover, Libby eBook. 

Voces De La Frontera Citizenship Classes

Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch

In partnership with MPL, Voces de la Frontera is offering Beginner Citizenship Classes for the English Exam. All students MUST register before attending the classes with Jeanette Arellano 414-236-0415 or Paola Barragan 262-346-4027. All students must have at least 5 years of residency or 3 years as a permanent resident who is married to a U.S. citizen. In Person is limited. Masks required. The class is presented in English and Spanish.


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