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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.

Learn Cuban Salsa

East Elmhurst Community Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard
Thursdays, September 7, 14, and 21 @ 6pm

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.

Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Saturday, September 16 @ 2pm

"Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen" is a song of praise to the musical genre of rumba in New York City. It reveals the vibrant Afro-Cuban culture of the city. In addition, the film unravels the African and Andalusian origins of rumba and follows ordinary people and famous musicians through the dances, drums, and clave rhythm of the genre. Join us with movie director Aristides Falcon-Paradi for a Q&A after the movie.

Hispanic Heritage Movie Series

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

“Stand and Deliver” (1988, PG): Tuesday, September 19 @ 2pm

“Take the Lead” (2006, PG-13): Tuesday, September 26th @ 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.

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 of Latin America

Woodhaven Community Library
85-41 Forest Parkway
Saturday, September 23 @ 2pm

In this celebration of Latin American music, mezzo-soprano Melania Maldonado is accompanied on lead guitar by Alex Bautista from Ecuador, and on second guitar by Sebastian Cruz from Colombia.

Radio Jarocho

Jackson Heights Community Library 
35-51 81 Street
Saturday, September 23 @ 2:30pm

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.

Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band: Afro-Venezuelan Jazz

Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
September 23 @ 2:30pm

Venezuelan-born Alí Bello has become one of the most dazzling and sought-after violinists, distinguishing himself with his versatility among different music styles in addition to his classical training and improvisational skills, which have made him a top violinist in the Latin jazz arena.

Flamenco Music and Dance

Forest Hills Community Library
108-19 71 Avenue
Saturday, September 23 @ 3pm

The nonprofit music and dance company Flamenco Latino will illustrate how Latino melodies, rhythms, and new forms influenced flamenco. This program includes modern flamenco music, some dance footwork called “La Ida y Vuelta Hoy” (the Round Trip Today), and also incorporates elements of jazz and salsa with flamenco.

Paper-Based Mexican Crafts

Arverne Community Library
312 Beach 54 Street
Tuesday, September 26 @ 3pm

In this workshop, you will learn the meaning behind papel picado (paper-cut banners) and paper flowers, two types of crafts commonly used as decoration in Mexican festivals and celebrations. We will create our own banners and a variety of paper flowers. Open to all ages.

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.

Mexican Appetizers with Margarita Larios (Program En Español)

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

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.

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.