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Hispanic Heritage Events

September 15 – November 3, 2021

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with the Grand Rapids Public Library! Our experiences for kids and adults will encourage you to stretch, share, and learn.

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

September Events

Exploring Our Culture, Identity, and Sexuality
Explorando nuestra cultura, identidad, y sexualidad
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page 

Community leaders and mental health professionals will discuss important topics and issues faced by the Spanish-speaking LGBTQ+ community. Explore cultural stigmas, pronouns usage, and societal challenges.

Panelists include Elisa Pérez-Arellano (She/Her/Hers/Ella/La), Alex Brito (He/Him/His/él), and Sonya Hernandez (She/Her/Hers/Ella). This event will be held in Spanish and a Q&A will follow the presentation.

¡Vamos A Leer!
Tuesday, September 21, 28, 2021, 1:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

These storytimes celebrate the power of being bilingual and Hispanic Heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English by bilingual library staff and our friends from local organizations: Grandville Avenue Arts & HumanitiesWest Michigan Hispanic Chamber of CommerceLINC Up, and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

 

 

Bilingual Yoga
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm
This event will take place on the lawn of our Madison Square Branch 1201 Madison SE
This event is weather permitting.

Have you ever been curious about trying yoga? While trying something new can be intimidating, yoga is a great way to help you move and relax your body. Discover the benefits of yoga with these all-ages classes taught by registered yoga instructor, Karolina DeLange.

Raising Bilingual Children
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page 

Participate in a live discussion about the benefits and challenges of raising bilingual children. Panelists include local parents, educators, and community members. A wonderful opportunity to listen, share, and gather resources. This program is presented in partnership with the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

October Events

Bilingual Yoga
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9:30 am
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:00 pm
This event will take place on the lawn of our Madison Square Branch 1201 Madison SE
This event is weather permitting.

Have you ever been curious about trying yoga? While trying something new can be intimidating, yoga is a great way to help you move and relax your body. Discover the benefits of yoga with these all-ages classes taught by registered yoga instructor, Karolina DeLange.

Public Día de los Muertos Altars
Monday, October 25 – Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 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. 

 

Latinos and the Fight for Equitable Education in Grand Rapids and Michigan
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page

MSU professor Delia Fernández will explore the history of Latinos in Grand Rapids, and the difficulties faced when reaching for access to an equitable education. Dr. Fernández’s research centers on Latino placemaking in the Midwest. She is particularly interested in how they transform the places they live in to suit their political, economic, and social needs.

¡Vamos A Leer!
Tuesday, October 5, 12, 2021, 1:00 pm
Virtual Event |GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

These storytimes celebrate the power of being bilingual and Hispanic Heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English by bilingual library staff and our friends from local organizations: Grandville Avenue Arts & HumanitiesWest Michigan Hispanic Chamber of CommerceLINC Up, and Grand Rapids Public Schools.