Arlington Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Arlington Public Library will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th through October 15th with storytimes, films, live performances and lectures.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 4:00 p.m. – “Chili Goat: A Bilingual Reader’s Theater” / Lectura  – “El Chivo en la huerta: teatro de lectura bilingüe” – miércoles, 15 de septiembre 4:00 p.m. – Columbia Pike Branch Library
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, 2:00 p.m. – Dora the Explorere Birthday Party / Festejamos el cumpleaños de Dora la exploradora, sábado 18 de septiembre 2:00 p.m.- Columbia Pike Branch Library
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 4:15 p.m. – Storytime with Latino flavor, featuring Goat in the Chile Patch. Westover Branch Library
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. – Special Hispanic Heritage program with music and stories – Stop in for Stories – Glencarly Branch Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 2:00 p.m. – Peruvian Cultural Center Children Dancers / Bailarines del Centro cultural de Peru – sábado 2 de octubre 2:00 p.m. – Columbia Pike Branch Library
  • Tuesday Oct. 5, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Las Tres Amigas Storytime – Songs and stories for preschool children in English and Spanish. Central Library Auditorium


What’s the origin of Hispanic Heritage Month?
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration.  Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

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