Celebrate Sonoma County’s rich Hispanic/Latinx history and culture with the Sonoma County Library during National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. This month is about recognizing and honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic or Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to the terms Latino or Latina) people.
In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 27.3 percent of Sonoma County residents are Hispanic/Latinx. According to the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County is home to the largest Hispanic/Latinx population in the North Bay region. The board projects that by 2060 the Hispanic/Latinx population will make up 40% of Sonoma County’s population.
The Sonoma County Library offers a large collection of English and Spanish books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, video games and online resources for all ages. These materials are available for free with your library card!
This year the library will celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with an exciting array of free virtual programs in English and Spanish for all ages. All events are free to the public and advanced registration is required.
Meet the Author: Raúl The Third
Saturday October 9 at 11:00am
Raúl The Third, an award-winning author, illustrator, and artist. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For children ages 4-12.
Bilingual Family Storytimes, Live on Zoom
Join a Children’s Librarian for these bilingual English and Spanish live Zoom storytimes. We will model the everyday practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing that will help your child get ready to read. Family storytime includes books, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. For families and caregivers with children, ages 0-6.
To register for these programs, follow the links below:
- September 15 at 10:30am
- September 22 at 10:30am
Take & Make Craft Kits
Available at all 14 library branch locations! Kits are available on a first come, first served basis. While supplies last. For ages 5 & up with adult supervision.
Look for this special Latinx themed craft:
Virtual Pride Club for Teens (ages 13-18)
Every Tuesday at 4pm
The theme for September is Queer Latinx books, movies, tv shows, and people. To register for this weekly program, follow the links below:
- September 7 (past event)
- September 14
- September 21
- September 28
Teen Papel Picado Workshop
Saturday, September 25 at 1:00pm
Register here to pick up a papel picado kit!
Artist Ernesto Hernandez Olmos will teach teens how to create papel picado.
Sonoma Sounds featuring Armando Garcia-Davila, available on Youtube
Monday, September 27
Our guest for this episode is poet and novelist Armando García-Dávila. We talk about the creative process, being a blue-collar poet, his work with prisoners at San Quentin, growing up working class, Catholic, and Mexican American in San Diego, his 43 years in Sonoma County, and his new life in Mexico.
Discuss The House on Mango Street with Read BIPOC Book Club
Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00pm
Join librarians virtually to discuss books by authors who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC)
Here's a preview of September's title, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros:
Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong - not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.
For more information, please visit:https://sonomalibrary.org/bipocbookgroup
The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic
Saturday, October 2 at 10:00am
Women's Ovarian Health and Energy with Samantha Perez
Learn how to respect your cycles and live with them in a conscious way to connect your energy and healing.
Join the virtual Wellness Workshops to learn about the indigenous knowledge of herbal medicine; presented by the Promotoras de Salud who are dedicated to the exchange of remedies, recipes, and medicine to empower holistic health within the community.
* All events are in Spanish with an English interpreter.
Tortilla Literaria: También esto pasara by Milena Busquets
Monday, October 4 at 7:30pm
Participe en una discusión de libros en línea por Zoom.
El Cacao Documentary Film Screening
with Director, Michelle Aguilar for Q&A
Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00pm
This documentary film highlights the life of an indigenous Ngäbe farmer in Panama and his unconditional devotion to this so-called “superfood”.
The 20-minute film will be in Spanish with English captions. The 30 minute Q&A will be in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Beyond the Month
Join us at these upcoming events to continue celebrating Hispanic/Latinx culture year round!
- Wednesday, October 27: Dia de Muertos Bilingual Storytime at 10:30am
- Saturday, October 30: Dia de Muertos Workshop with artist Maria Gonzalez-Blue
- Tortilla Literaria
Books, Collections, and Resources
Check out our newest digital resource, MakeMake!
Beginning September 15, the Sonoma County Library is proud to offer MakeMake, a digital platform with 200 Spanish language eBooks for children. Discover the best of Latin-American children's publishing and exciting animated and interactive books, all in Spanish! MakeMake also includes a wealth of resources for parents and educators, to help develop Spanish language literacy in children from birth through elementary school. With an interface entirely in Spanish and developed in Colombia, and no app to download, the MakeMake collection is simple to access and use. Once you enter the site with your library card number and PIN, you have unlimited access to all of the books in the MakeMake collection. Jump in and see what treasures you find!
Learn more about MakeMake:
Starting September 15, click here to explore MakeMake.
Staff created book recommendation lists:
Adult Book List
by Alexis Daria
by Carolina De Robertis
by Mariana Enriquez
by Gabriela Garcia
by Valeria Luiselli
by Fernanda Melchor
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
by Kirstin Valdez Quade
by John Paul Brammer
by Carmen Maria Machado
by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
364.137 CORNEJO VILLAVICENCIO
by Natalie Diaz
Teen Book List
by Daniel Aleman
by Monica Gomez-Hira
by Mayra Cuevas
by Jennifer De Leon
Y DE LEON
by Isabel Ibañez
by Laekan Zea Kemp
by Anna-Marie McLemore
by Tehlor Kay Mejia
and Anna-Marie McLemore
by Yamile Saied Méndez
by Crystal Maldonado
by Romina Garber
by Aiden Thomas
Children's Book List
by Jessica Betancourt-Perez
by Lucky Diaz
by Mariana Llanos
by Emma Otheguy
by Nomar Perez
by Raúl the Third
E RAUL THE THIRD
by Alexandra Alessandri
by Jackie Azúa Kramer
by Anika Denise
J B BELPRE
by Anika Denise
J B MORENO
by Monica Brown
J SP B TELLO
by Duncan Tonatiuh
J 398.2 TONATIUH
School Age Books
by the Third
ER RAUL THE THIRD
by David Bowles
J FC BOWLES
by Terry Catasús Jennings
J FC JENNINGS
by David Bowles
by Cathy Camper
by Ryan Estrada
by Ernesto Cisneros
by Donna Barbara Higuera
by Kaela Rivera
by Adriana Cuevas
by Kurtis Scaletta
J B MIRANDA
by Sabrina Vourvoulias
J 920.0092 VOURVOULIAS