Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the San Antonio Public Library – The City of San Antonio

CONTACT: Victoria Villarreal
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SAN ANTONIO (September 9, 2022) – San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of unique events to honor the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities. Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 each year, and SAPL programs celebrating the celebration begin on Monday, September 12. Programs will include film screenings, cooking classes, author events, and more. The selection of programs, events, activities, books and other items aim to encourage San Antonians not only to celebrate these rich and diverse cultures for one month of the year, but to recognize and connect with the deep roots of Hispanic and Latin American culture within our city all year round. For a complete list of Hispanic Heritage Month events at SAPL, visit guides.mysapl.org/hhm.


For more information on library services, visit https://www.mysapl.org. Library staff are available by phone at 210-207-2500 or by chat at ask.mysapl.org.



Hispanic Heritage Month at SAPL



Teen Time @ Johnston: cooking around the world
Johnston Library – 6307 Sun Valley, 78227
Monday, September 12, 5-6 p.m.
This cooking and culture class program with recipes from around the world is a hands-on cooking experience for teens. Teens only from 13 to 18 years old.



Monday night lights, camera, action!
Las Palmas Library – 515 Castroville Road, 78237
Monday, September 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a movie night at the Las Palmas Library! We will screen: “Stand and Deliver” [PG]the story of Jamie Escalante, a math teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, who pushes and inspires 18 inner-city Hispanic students who struggled with math to become math pros.



Miraflores: The Legacy of Dr. Aureliano Urrutia with Anne Elise Urrutia
Central Library – 600 Soledad Street, 78205
Saturday September 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician from Mexico City, immigrated to San Antonio in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution. He built his atmospheric garden, called Miraflores, near the headwaters of the San Antonio River, to reflect his love and memory for his homeland. In “Miraflores”, Anne Elise Urrutia, Urrutia’s great-granddaughter, reveals the history of the garden by drawing on family archives and other
primary sources to reveal this remarkable story.



Author’s conference for children “accordion”
Potranco Library – 8765 State Hwy. 151, #102, 78245 and online*
Saturday September 17, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual appearance by children’s author Michael Genhart, author of “Accordion: Abuelo and Opa Make Music”. In addition to enjoying the author’s virtual presentation, in-person attendees will also have the opportunity to witness an accordion performance by Nicolas Valdez, receive a Take-and-Make accordion craft, and participate to a mural creation with San Antonio visual artist Colton Valentine. , voted Best Visual Artist in San Antonio Current. Online participants will be able to listen to the author speak and visit their local branch to pick up the Take-and-Make accordion.


*(Registration required for online participation. Register here)



Xavier Garza: “The Great and Powerful Nikko”
Bazan Library – 2200 W. Commerce St., 78207
Sunday, September 18, 2-3 p.m.
Award-winning children’s author Xavier Garza will read excerpts from his book ‘The Great and Mighty Nikko’. Children will have the opportunity to make their own luchador mask after the reading.


Crafts for adults: Alebrijes

Great Northwest Library – 9050 Wellwood, 78250
Monday, September 19, 5 p.m.
A twist on classic Mexican folk art. We will be using aluminum foil and masking tape to create these colorful fantasy sculptures.



Monday night lights, camera, action!
Las Palmas Library – 515 Castroville Road, 78237
Monday, September 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a movie night at the Las Palmas Library!
We will be screening: Selena [PG]the story of the Grammy Award-winning singer whose life tragically ended as she pursued her dreams.



Raza Cosmica
Central Library – 600 Soledad Street, 78205
Saturday October 1, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Activist/Musician Joaquín Muerte will host a live episode of his original podcast, “Xicanx Versus Aliens”, an exploration of “all things UFO, cryptozoology, the paranormal, the occult and more from the perspective of ‘a person of color’. Actors Jesse Borrego and Désirée K. Segura join Muerte to discuss Latinx sci-fi cinema. Followed by a curated selection of cosmic-infused shorts.



“Hyper-Reality”
Keiichi Matsuda, 2016, Colombia, 6 min
Hyper-Reality presents a provocative, kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and Medellín is saturated with media.



“In Search of Aliens”
Susan Aparicio, 2021, USA, 13 mins
In Search of Aliens is a time-spanning collaboration between daughter and father to find connection within and between the greater universe.



“Yoshi”
Matthew Castellanos, 2017, USA 20 min
A group of outcast teens must flee their hometown of South Central, Los Angeles in
in order to protect their blue alien friend from a ban on his kind.



“Luminous”
Than Niles, 2020, USA, 11 mins
In Luminous, a restless security guard, Lou, is forced to choose between his job at the
research center and the fate of mankind when confronted by the mysterious Dr.
Sharp and the truth about what he keeps.



“New Rico”
Kristian Mercado, 2021, USA/Puerto Rico, 16 min
A brother and sister stumble upon a heavenly secret that changes their lives forever and
propelled them to Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discovered that their newfound fame
comes at a high price.


Bexar County Spanish Archives and Genealogical Research

Central Library – 600 Soledad Street, 78205
Saturday October 8, 2-3 p.m.
David Carlson will provide an overview of the Bexar County Spanish Archives, which, in addition to serving as a repository of Spanish-language records of ancient Bexar County history, also provide family history research assistance. For novice genealogists or more experienced researchers facing a “brick wall,” a visit to the Spanish Archives might offer a guide to where to go next.

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