WPL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Worcester Public Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month from Saturday, September 15 to Monday, October 15 with fun events and programming celebrating Hispanic art, dance, and culture.

The festivities begin with a Music and Dance Celebration on Saturday, September 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Local dance studio Ritmos Academy will join us for this event for families with children 12 and under at the Main Library, 3 Salem Square. Ritmos offers dance performances throughout New England with colorful cultural costumes and an energetic team of dance students.

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to Folk Art "Paint Day" for Kids on Friday, September 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Main Library. Local artist Edmy Ortiz will host a painting experience for kids with systematic painting instructions for creating cultural pieces.

Ortiz will also be joining us at the Roosevelt Branch, 1006 Grafton Street, on Wednesday, September 26 at 4 p.m. for Flamenco with Professional Dancer Edmy Ortiz. There will be a Flamenco dance performance, and then the audience will learn some moves of their own. All ages are welcome.

Finally, on Saturday, October 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Main Library there will be a screening of Pixar Animation Studio’s Coco. Miguel dreams of becoming a great musician although his family has banned music long ago. After entering the Land of the Dead, Miguel meets Hector, a very interesting new friend. Together they learn a lot about music and, just as importantly, family. A small snack will be provided. This movie is rated PG, and the screening is for families with children 12 and under.

These events are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed to recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States, and to celebrate their heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots going back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month please contact Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager at 508-799-1654 or lsheldon@mywpl.org.

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