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Join Queens Library this September and October for National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017!

Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this month-long period.

Enjoy diverse music from Latin America and the Caribbean, watch inspirational movies, sample tasty appetizers, learn how to dance Cuban salsa, and more! Plus, the Archives at Queens Library, located at Central Library in Jamaica, will have a photo exhibit of the history of Hispanic culture in Queens County all month long.

Upcoming Programs

Photo Exhibit: Hispanic Culture in Queens County

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
September 15 to October 15

Central Library in Jamaica will host this special month-long photo exhibit focusing on Hispanic culture in Queens and featuring historical photographs and memorabilia from The Archives at Queens Library.

Spanish for the Workplace

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Sundays, September 17 through November 12 @ 1pm

This eight-week course is intended to provide you with some basic conversational skills to help you navigate specific workplace scenarios. At the end of the eight weeks, you should be conversant on a variety of topics related to the workplace.

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

South Jamaica Community Library
108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Thursday, September 28 @ 5:30pm

Berto Reyes and his Band will perform traditional music known as perico ripiao on the güira, drum, and accordion. They will also play merengue típico, a traditional Dominican merengue, and merenhouse,  a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap, with the added sounds of sax, bass, and conga. Come learn about and enjoy Dominican music!

Mariachi Loco de NY

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Thursday, September 28 @ 6:30pm

Enjoy this concert of traditional Mexican mariachi music and dance, with performers in colorful costumes. As true representatives of a treasured cultural heritage, Mariachi Loco de NY is a dynamic, authentic mariachi band.

Flamenco and La Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip)

Broadway Community Library
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Saturday, September 30 @ 3pm

Flamenco Latino will present a program of dance and music that includes traditional styles from Andalucia such as Sevillanas, Alegrias, and Bulerias, and a genre within flamenco which represents the influence of the Caribbean and Latin America on Spanish artists starting around 1790.

Foncho Castellar y los Alegres de Colombia

Sunnyside Community Library
43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City
Monday, October 2 @ 6pm

Broadway Community Library
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Tuesday, October 3 @ 2pm

Foncho Castellar will open up the world of virtuoso accordion and the beauty of Colombian music to listeners of all ages. Come ready to get involved and learn the nuts and bolts of the popular folk music known as Colombian vallenato.

Radio Jarocho

Astoria Community Library
14-01 Astoria Boulevard
Monday, October 2 @ 6pm

Woodside Community Library
54-22 Skillman Avenue
Friday, October 6 @ 2:30pm

Radio Jarocho keeps alive the music of the swampy Mexican countryside around Veracruz, with original songs that capture the spirit of the popular son jarocho. This New York City-based band has performed along the East Coast of the United States since 2003.

Hispanic Heritage Movie Series

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Tuesdays @ 2pm

“The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988, R): Tuesday, October 3 @ 2pm

“Selena” (1997, PG): Tuesday, October 10 @ 2pm

This movie series features the diverse stories and contributions of Hispanics and Hispanic Americans to the United States, with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Edward James Olmos, Rubén Blades, Sonia Braga, and more.

Let's Make Hispanic Instruments

Baisley Park Community Library
117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica
Thursday, October 5 @ 4pm

Join us at the library to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month! We will create Hispanic instruments and enjoy Latin tunes!

Mexican Tin Sun

Flushing Community Library
41-17 Main Street
Thursday, October 5 @ 4:30pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a craft and learn about the importance of sun art in the Mexican Culture, then create your own hanging Mexican sun out of metal foil and markers. For children ages 5-12.

Mexican Appetizers with Margarita Larios (Program En Español)

Astoria Community Library
14-01 Astoria Boulevard
Thursday, October 5 @ 4:30pm

Woodside Community Library
54-22 Skillman Avenue
Tuesday, October 10 @ 2:30pm

Margarita Larios will instruct participants in the fine art of Mexican cuisine with this workshop on the preparation of Mexican appetizers. The chef will provide the instructions and the ingredients for you to prepare it in the library and boil it at home. Finished appetizers will be available for tasting!

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza Perform Rumba Flamenca and Other Latin Rhythms 

Jackson Heights Community Library
35-51 81 Street
Saturday, October 7 @ 3pm

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza were born in Cartagena, Colombia. As children, the gifted twins performed in local gigs and as they grew, so did their interest and passion for music. They moved to New York to pursue their dreams and have entertained audiences here in various venues, including Univision’s Sabado Gigante and El Show de Cristina.

Learn Cuban Salsa

Corona Community Library
38-23 104 Street
Saturdays, October 7, 14, and 21 @ 2pm

Seaside Community Library
116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
Thursdays, October 19 and 26 and November 2, @ 6:30pm

Cuban salsa will wake up your inner dancing star! Discover the fun of this wonderful dance style with master instructors from Fuakata Cuban Salsa NYC. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open Mic with Raquel Penzo

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Sunday, October 8 @ 2pm

Raquel Penzo, native of Dominican descent is an author, editor, and event curator from Brooklyn, NY. She runs La Pluma y La Tinta, a literary organization for writers of color. She self-published "My Ego Likes the Compliments...And Other Musings on Writing" in 2012.

Latin American Drumming

Baisley Park Community Library
117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica
Monday, October 16 @ 4:30pm

The Drummer will explore the rhythm of Latin America and how these beats have shaped and been shaped by other cultures. This interactive program shows how music is a universal language.

Sugar Skull Workshop with Margarita Larios [En Español é Inglés]

Auburndale Community Library
25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 21 @ 10:30am

South Jamaica
116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
Thursday, October 26 @ 4 pm

Use sugar to create your own edible skull, a traditional Day of the Dead treat in Mexico that can also be used as a Halloween prop. Materials are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.