Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is national Hispanic Heritage Month.  With the help of local community organizations, the Evanston Public Library will celebrate with a variety of programs:

On Sept. 16, the South Branch Book Club will discuss “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” by Mario Vargas Llosa.  Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer most known for his politically tinged novels.

To officially launch the festivities, on Sept. 17 the library will screen the movie “Frida,” starring Selma Hayek and Alfred Molina and directed by Julie Taymor, at 7 p.m., after the Main Library closes. 

On Sept. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m., library staff will be at the Evanston Coalition for Latino Resources’ Health Fair at St. Nicholas Church. Every year the fair offers health information in Spanish. Library staff will have resources and books, as well as activities for children. 

Later that day, staff will offer a music-themed bilingual story-time in the children’s room of the Main Library at 4 p.m. All ages and language abilities are welcome.

On Oct. 10, the children’s staff will present a special craft and poetry program in English, all ages welcome. 

Evanston Public Library is launching some new initiatives to improve access to Spanish-language resources. During the month of September, the library will be relocating the adult and teen Spanish books to a larger display area on the second floor. This collection offers popular materials to native and non-native Spanish-speakers.  Cook books, romances, “How-to’s,” and many other topics will be more visible in this new location.

Additionally the library has added several website pages dedicated to resources in Spanish. On the website, patrons can keep up-to-date on library events, as well as practice tests in Spanish and read about library resources. To view these web pages, users should click on “Español,” located on the Evanston Public Library homepage,