The Evanston Public Library is kicking off a variety of activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Hispanic residents have a significant presence in our local community. Approximately 12% of Evanston residents identify as Hispanic or Latinx, and 20% of ETHS’ Class of 2025 is Latinx.
But the vibrant cultures, communities and individuals that fall into this group are all too often underappreciated and stereotyped. In fact, 60% of American Hispanics report experiencing discrimination, and 4 out of 5 Latinx young people say their family or friends have been targeted because of their identity.
This Hispanic Heritage Month, the library is committed to making sure Hispanics in Evanston are seen, heard and valued. In the spirit of this, a number of events centered around the Hispanic experience have been planned for the upcoming days:
- Learn a lot of interesting and eye-opening facts about U.S. Hispanics with the “Celebrating Mi Gente” display at the Robert Crown Library until Oct. 15.
- Check out our HHM Scavenger Hunt/Búsqueda de Tesoros, an indoor mini scavenger hunt featuring the contributions and achievements of Latinx people in the U.S. Available at the Main Library (Orrington Avenue) and at the Crown Branch.
- Register to join us again at the Crown Branch for craft-making, refreshments and music at Crea tu Propio Collar (event in Spanish) at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 30.
- On Friday, Sept. 17, join us at Washington Elementary School’s outdoor space at 6 p.m. for Danza Azteca: Mexico’s Ancient Culture and Living Tradition and experience the heritage and culture of the Indigenous tradition of Flor y Canto of ancient Mexico with the Xochitl-Quetzal Dance Troupe.
- On Friday, Oct. 1, a Noche de Juegos/game night will be held at 6 p.m. in the Robert Crown programming room to play Loteria and Hispanic Jeopardy.
- On Saturday, Sept. 25, join us at 10:30 a.m. for Cuentacuentos en Español, a storytime event for children.
- And check out our HHM book displays! Go to the Main Library’s Kids department to find some old favorites or visit the Crown Branch for a selection of books focused on the history, culture, and politics of Hispanics in the U.S.
Look out for other related events too. Join us for Salud Mental es Esencial, a special presentation en Español as part of the Mental Health is Essential programming at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. Join us at our En Pantalla: México program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 to discuss the documentary “Los Tigres del Norte en la Prisión de Folsom” (event in Spanish).
Source: Evanston Public Library