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Hispanic Heritage Virtual Events

September 15 – November 2, 2020

Virtual Events | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with the Grand Rapids Public Library! Join us online September 15 – November 2, 2020 for programs for both kids and adults that highlight and celebrate our Latinx community. 

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

September Events

Music (NOT) in the Stacks | Cabildo
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

We’re taking our popular program, Music in the Stacks, online for a special feature during Hispanic Heritage Month! Join us for a performance featuring local band Cabildo on Grand Rapids Public Library’s Facebook page.

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.

¡Zumba Rumba!
Monday, September 21, 2020, 10:30 am
Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join GRPL for  virtual Zumba classes led by certified instructor, Angie Ramirez! This four-part interactive digital series features lively Latin music and is perfect for Zumba beginners.

¡Vamos A Leer!
Tuesday, September 22 & September 29, 2020, 1:00 – 1:15 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

This storytime, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English. 

 

Rompiendo el Estigma | Salud mental en la comunidad Latinx
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
This event will be presented in Spanish

Mental health and mental illness are often stigmatized topics within the Latinx community.
Join GRPL and Alex Brito, MA LPC, TLLP, CAADC, a Latino Therapist  for a conversation about ways to challenge the stigma, recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and seek support.  A Q&A will follow this discussion and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

Hispanic or Latino? | Discussing Latinx Identities
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page

Join GRPL for a LIVE discussion and explore the meaning of being Hispanic or Latino and tackle misconceptions and stereotypes within the Grand Rapids community and nationally. After the discussion, participate in a Q&A with the panelists. 

Panelists include:
Erica Soto, Assistant Director of the Seidman Boys & Girls Club – Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth and President of BL²END – Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions
Reyna Masko, Friend of the Court Investigator
Adonis Bo Torres, Board Leadership – West Michigan Latino Network
Jessica I. Ledesma,  Program Manager, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Erick Picardo, Caribbean Artist

Moderated by:
Sonya Hernandez, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan Vice Chair

 

October Events

¡Vamos A Leer!
Tuesday, October 6 & 13, 2020, 1:00 – 1:15 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

This storytime, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English. 

¡Zumba Rumba!
Monday, October 5, 2020, 10:30 am
Monday, October 12, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join GRPL for virtual Zumba classes led by certified instructor, Angie Ramirez! This four-part interactive digital series features lively Latin music and is perfect for Zumba beginners.

Art & History Lecture | Día de los Muertos
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join local artist, Rolando Mancera, for a virtual discussion! Learn more about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the significance of the folk art figures and motifs often associated with this Mexican holiday. 

 

Watch Party | Macario (1960)
Friday, October 30, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Program | Watch2Gether
A link to this event will be shared a week before the event.
This film is not rated.

Join us for an online screening of Macario (1960)!
Through the lens of this classic film, navigate important cultural elements and the socio-economic hardships of Colonial Mexico. Macario, the film’s protagonist, faces three paranormal visits on the eve of Día de los Muertos while attempting to achieve his dream of eating a whole roasted turkey by himself.

Latin Flavor Weekend Showcase

Sample traditional Latinx fare!

On Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, drop by one of our participating restaurants and present your GRPL library card to receive a delicious sampler plate for take out while supplies last. Limit one sampler plate per restaurant. 

Please practice safety by following the CDC’s recommended health guidelines. Wearing a mask and adhering to individual restaurant guidelines is required to be serviced from participating restaurants.

Left: Photo courtesy El Globo Restaurant

Participating Restaurants

Tamales Mary
1253 Burton St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

El Globo Restaurant
2019 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

El Granjero Mexican Grill 
950 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Panaderia Margo
443 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504