Celebrate Hispanic • Latinx Heritage Month with the Library!

Submitted by edawson on September 9, 2021 - 8:58am
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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.


Virtual Events

Raúl The Third

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

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

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

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

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

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.

YouTube playlist


Read BIPOC Book Club

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

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

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

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

Click here to download the list as a PDF

You Had Me at Hola

You Had Me at Hola

by Alexis Daria
(she/her)
Daria

Cantoras

Cantoras

by Carolina De Robertis
(she/they)
DE ROBERTIS

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

by Mariana Enriquez
(she/her)
ENRIQUEZ

Of Women and Salt

Of Women and Salt

by Gabriela Garcia
(she/her)
GARCIA

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

by Valeria Luiselli
(she/her)
LUISELLI

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

by Fernanda Melchor
(she/her)
MELCHOR

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(she/her)
MORENO-GARCIA

The Five Wounds

The Five Wounds

by Kirstin Valdez Quade
(she/her)
QUADE

Hola Papi

Hola Papi

by John Paul Brammer
(he/him)
B BRAMMER

In the Dream House

In the Dream House

by Carmen Maria Machado
(she/her)
B MACHADO

The Undocumented Americans

The Undocumented Americans

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
(she/her)
364.137 CORNEJO VILLAVICENCIO

Postcolonial Love Poem

Postcolonial Love Poem

by Natalie Diaz
(she/her)
811 Diaz


Teen Book List

Click here to download the list as a PDF

Indivisible

Indivisible

by Daniel Aleman
(she/her)
Y ALEMAN

Once Upon a Quinceañera

Once Upon a Quinceañera

by Monica Gomez-Hira
(she/her)
Y GOMEZ-HIRA

Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Salty, Bitter, Sweet

by Mayra Cuevas
(she/her)
Y CUEVAS

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

by Jennifer De Leon
(she/her)
Y DE LEON

Woven in Moonlight

Woven in Moonlight

by Isabel Ibañez
(she/her)
Y IBANEZ

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

by Laekan Zea Kemp
(she/her)
Y KEMP

The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season

by Anna-Marie McLemore
(they/them)
Y MCLEMORE

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor

by Tehlor Kay Mejia
(she/her)
and Anna-Marie McLemore
(they/them)
Y MEJIA

Furia

Furia

by Yamile Saied Méndez
(she/her)
Y MENDEZ

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

by Crystal Maldonado
(she/her)
Y MALDONADO

Lobizona

Lobizona

by Romina Garber
(she/her)
Y THOMAS

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas
(he/they)
Y THOMAS


Children's Book List

Click here to download the list as a PDF

Picture Books

A Thousand White Butterflies

A Thousand White Butterflies

by Jessica Betancourt-Perez
(she/her)
E BETANCOURT-PEREZ

Paletero Man

Paletero Man

by Lucky Diaz
(he/him)
E DIAZ

Run, Little Chaski!

Run, Little Chaski!

by Mariana Llanos
(she/her)
E LLANOS

A Sled for Gabo

A Sled for Gabo

by Emma Otheguy
(she/her)
E OTHEGUY

Coqui in the City

Coqui in the City

by Nomar Perez
(he/him)
E PEREZ

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat!

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat!

by Raúl the Third
(he/him)
E RAUL THE THIRD

Felíz New Year Ava Gabriela!

Felíz New Year Ava Gabriela!

by Alexandra Alessandri
(she/her)
E ALESSANDRI

I Wish You Knew

I Wish You Knew

by Jackie Azúa Kramer
(she/her)
E KRAMER

Planting Stories

Planting Stories

by Anika Denise
(she/her)
J B BELPRE

A Girl Named Rosita

A Girl Named Rosita

by Anika Denise
(she/her)
J B MORENO

Sharuko

Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

by Monica Brown
(she/her)
J SP B TELLO

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns

by Duncan Tonatiuh
(he/him)
J 398.2 TONATIUH

School Age Books

Training Day by Raúl

Training Day by Raúl

by the Third
(he/him)
ER RAUL THE THIRD

13th Street

13th Street

by David Bowles
(he/him)
J FC BOWLES

Definitely Dominguita

Definitely Dominguita

by Terry Catasús Jennings
(she/her)
J FC JENNINGS

Tales of the Feathered Serpent

Tales of the Feathered Serpent

by David Bowles
(he/him)
JG BOWLES

Lowriders

Lowriders

by Cathy Camper
(she/her)
JG CAMPER

Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador

by Ryan Estrada
(he/him)
JG ESTRADA

Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided

by Ernesto Cisneros
(he/him)
J CISNEROS

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

by Donna Barbara Higuera
(she/her)
J HIGUERA

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

by Kaela Rivera
(she/her)
J RIVERA

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

by Adriana Cuevas
(she/her)
J CUEVAS

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

by Kurtis Scaletta
(he/him)
J B MIRANDA

Nuestra América

Nuestra América

by Sabrina Vourvoulias
(she/her)
J 920.0092 VOURVOULIAS


 

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