Hispanic Heritage Events

September 15 – November 3, 2022

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with the Grand Rapids Public Library! Our celebration designed for kids and adults features special storytimes, special guests, live music by local bands, important community conversations  and so much more! Our celebration will conclude with a day-long Día de los Muertos Festival for all ages.

Special thanks to the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation for their support of these programs.

September Events

Community Conversation with Elisa Pérez-Arellano
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Zoom
Registration encouraged

Join GRPL staff and clinical social worker, Elisa Pérez-Arellano, for a conversation about the impact of Latinx parental involvement and the effects of emotional absence on children and the family unit.  This presentation is designed for Latinx parents and will be offered in Spanish. A recording of this presentation will be available on our YouTube channel with English subtitles at a later date.

About the speaker:

Elisa Pérez-Arellano is a clinical social worker and is the owner of a mental health practice called Inclusive Empowerment Services, where she offers mental health therapy, professional coaching, consulting and training.

Recommended reading:

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Radical Innocence by Elsa Punset
Embrace your Inner Child: It’s Never Too Late to Heal Your Childhood by Victoria Cadarso

Hispanic Heritage Game Day
Friday, September 30, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Join the Grand Rapids Public Library for a classic Bingo game, Loteria, and test your knowledge with trivia about Hispanic history and culture. This family-friendly event is designed for all ages.  Games will be played in both English and Spanish.

Music in the Stacks: Cabildo
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Main Library –111 Library St NE, First Floor

Enjoy local music at the Grand Rapids Public Library!
Featuring emerging and established talent, Music in the Stacks is a fun and lively event designed for all ages.
Concerts take place in the book stacks on the first floor of the Main Library. Seating is first come, first served. 

Cabildo is a West Michigan based alternative Latin rock collective. They deliver a unique blend of cumbia, ska, folk and other genres of music from Latin and South America.

October Events

Fiesta Storytimes
Join members of the community and GRPL staff for a bilingual book reading! Latino music, snacks, and free children’s books will be available while supplies last at these events celebrating Hispanic Heritage.

Monday, October 3, 2022
5:00 – 6:30 pm | Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE

Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:00 – 6:30 pm | West Side Branch – 713 Bridge St NW

Music in the Stacks: Gabriel Estrada III
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE, First Floor

Enjoy local music at the Grand Rapids Public Library!
Featuring emerging and established talent, Music in the Stacks is a fun and lively event designed for all ages. Concerts take place in the book stacks on the first floor of the Main Library. Seating is first come, first served.

Influenced by music at an early age, Gabriel Estrada III joined his first youth mariachi group at age 12 in his Texas hometown. Later, he started the first Mariachi Ensemble at GRCC and went on to receive the Legacy Award for Regional Mexican Music at the Grand Rapids Latin Music Awards for his representation and outstanding leadership in Ranchera/Mariachi music in West Michigan.

Rolando Mancera Photography
Grand Rapids Día de los Muertos Festival

Grand Rapids’ Dia de los Muertos Festival
Sunday, October 30, 2022, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Roosevelt Park – 1340 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids 49503

¡Celebrate Día de los Muertos!
Enjoy a free cultural and educational event at Roosevelt Park, created in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Día de Los Muertos Festival committee and the Grand Rapids Public Library. Elaborate traditional Latin American altars honoring family and friends who have passed away will be on display throughout the afternoon for attendees to view. Music, Latino food, workshops, and crafts will also be available during this day-long festival.

A Day of the Dead procession from the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to Roosevelt Park will take place from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. The community is encouraged to meet at the parking lot of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and join the walking parade toward the festival.

Public Día de los Muertos Altars
Friday, October 21 – Thursday, November 3, 2022, during open hours
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities’ Cook Library Center  1100 Grandville Ave SW

Experience altars created by talented artist Reyna Garcia. The altars highlight the significance of the Dia de los Muertos celebration within some of our Hispanic cultures. Printed educational material will be available for everyone that visits the altars.