McAllen Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, between September 15 and October 15, with a series of storytime, art classes, crafts, author presentations, writing workshops, lectures, and more! Download a copy of our September 2018 brochure: HHM Brochure - Sept2018.pdf


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Baby Storytime: Fiesta Babies
Sunday, September 16 | 4:00PM
Monday, September 17 | 10:00AM
It’s never too early to read together. Bring your little ones for stories, signs, and playtime! Designed for babies birth-18mo and their grown ups.

Art for All Ages: Frida Kahlo
Friday, September 21 | 5:00PM
Join us for some artistic fun. Each month we’ll learn about two different artists, how they made art and why. Appropriate for all ages, including parents!

Coco Showing & Craft
Thursday, October 11 | 5:00PM
Join us in the Children’s department for a fun craft before we head to the auditorium to watch a special screening of Coco for Hispanic Heritage Month! Craft will start at 5:00, and movie will begin at 6:00PM.

TEEN PROGRAMS

Makerspace: Calavera Perler Beads
Wednesday, September 19 | 6:30PM
Help us celebrate our Hispanic culture by creating your own Calavera or “Sugar Skull” keychain. Mix and match colors to make your own unique design.

Mexican Paper Flowers
Sunday, September 30 | 2:00PM

Teens, grab a friend for an evening of crafting. Learn to make colorful paper flowers in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Use them to brighten your space, make a bouquet, or even a flower crown! Supplies provided.

Pelicula & a Snack
Thursday, October 11 | 6:00PM
We’ll be showing a themed movie in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. As always, it’s teen friendly, so come relax and enjoy a snack!

ADULT PROGRAMS

Author Presentation: Christopher Carmona
Thursday, September 6 | 6:30-8:30PM
Auditorium
Christopher Carmona is the author of The Road to Llorona Park, which won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Best Fiction Award and was listed as one of the top 8 Latinx books in 2016 by NBC news. Please join us to listen to Mr. Carmona talk about his latest book, El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande. It is a story which encompasses all the exciting and dangerous elements of a family that struggles to defend their land against great odds.

Telling Our Stories: Fiction Writing Workshop with Daniel Garcia Ordaz
Saturday, September 15 | 1:00-4:00PM
Meeting Room B

In this workshop, Daniel Garcia Ordaz discusses the importance of creating and presenting literature that celebrates RGV Hispanic culture and heritage, and how each of us possess a story that’s worth telling. “My goal is for participants to leave with the seed of a story that may’ve already been growing inside them, that they can then nurture and polish into a full piece,” says Garcia Ordaz.

National Hispanic Heritage Month’s 30th Anniversary: An acknowledgement of Hispanic contributions to the fabric of America
Wednesday, September 19 | 7:00-8:30 PM
Auditorium
History textbooks often overlook Hispanic contributions, and is similar to teaching history with books that are missing a couple of chapters. This presentation by STC History Professor Elizandro Munoz will focus on the often overlooked Hispanic contributions in our nation’s history, dating back to the American Revolution.

Honoring Gloria Anzaldua: World Renowned Author & Icon
Wednesday, September 26 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Meeting Rooms A & B

Join us for a discussion of Gloria Anzaldua’s literary works and legacy.

Author Presentation: Edward Vidaurre
Thursday, September 27 | 6:00-8:00PM
Auditorium

Edward Vidaurre is the 2018 McAllen, TX Poet Laureate. He is the author of four collections of poetry: I Took My Barrio on a Road Trip (Slough Press 2013), Insomnia (El Zarape Press 2014), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press 2015), Chicano Blood Transfusion (FlowerSong Press 2016). A true poet of the people, Edward Vidaurre continues to keep the life of the Indie Lit scene flourishing. We invite you to join us for the presentation of his book, Ramona and Rumi: Love in the Time of Oligarchy: & unedited Necessary Poems.

Author Talks: Pino Shah and Geoff Alger
Thursday, October 25 | 6:00 - 8:00PM
Main Library - Auditorium
Learn about the history of the historic architecture of McAllen, TX from author and photographer Pino Shah and Geoff Alger. Mr. Alger is the historian of Mr. Shah’s most recent book, McAllen Architecture: A Visual Journey.


FAMILY PROGRAMS

Fiesta de Familia
Saturday, October 13 | 1:00-5:00PM
Meeting Center
Take a trip through the heart of Hispanic Heritage and join us in celebrating these amazing cultures with music, food, and activities for all! Add to the fun by competing in our Hispanic Icon look-alike contest for children, teens, and adults.


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Tasty Tortillas
Monday, September 17 | 11:00AM
Wednesday, September 19 | 10:30AM
Learn your shapes in a fun way, while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a traditional treat!

Crafty Kids
Wednesday, September 19 | 6:30PM
Join us as we make fun and easy mini pinatas. All ages.

TEEN PROGRAMS

Frida Kahlo Pointillism
Tuesday, September 18 | 5:00PM
In honor of Frida Kahlo, we will be recreating her popular paintings into pointillism art. We will be using tiny dots of various pure colors.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Painting Class - Mexican Hacienda
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00-4:00PM
Join us for an afternoon of painting. Simpy sign up for the event and show up to paint and socialize with other attendees. All materials - brushes, canvases, paints, easels, and other supplies are provided. This month we will create a colorful Mexican Hacienda! Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and create a wonderful work of art.

Mexican Fiesta
Saturday, September 15 | 1:00-4:00PM
Join us for an afternoon celebrating our Hispanic culture! The Mission Parks & Recreation Folklorico Dancers will share with us a wonderful performance of traditional dances from the various states of Mexico. They will be performing at 2:00 PM. These presentations have always been a crowd favorite, you don’t want to miss them! We will also do a craft and have light refreshments. We invite you to a great event for the whole family!

Quetzal Paper Roll Craft
Wednesday, October 3 | 7:00 - 8:00PM
Join us for an evening craft in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month by making a 3D model of a colorful bird from Guatemala.




CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Baby Storytime: Fiesta Babies
Thursday, September 6 | 11:00AM
Learning is our role and play time is our goal for children birth to 24 months of age.

Lego Club: Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00PM

Show your creative side by building cool objects with Legos.

Bilingual Storytime: Let’s Celebrate Mexico
Wednesday, September 12 | 6:00PM

Share bilingual stories, songs, rhymes and activities!

Family Storytime: Loteria para Ninos
Monday, September 17 | 6:00PM

Come and celebrate with fun activities for the whole family!

TEEN PROGRAMS

LibFlix
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00PM
Bring all your friends for an after-school break and relax with a movie and snacks. This week, we’ll be showing a movie about a labor leader and civil rights activist.

LibFlix
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00PM
Bring all your friends for an after-school break and relax with a movie and snacks. This week, we’ll be showing a movie about a mother who crosses the border illegally in search of a better life for her son.

Workshop Wednesday
Pinata DIY
Wednesday, September 19 | 4:00PM

Celebrate traditions by learning the basics of making a mini pinata.

Workshop Wednesday
Papel Picado
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00PM

Celebrate traditions by learning the art of making Papel Picado (tissue paper with cut-out shapes).

Gamer Thursday: Mexican Bingo Loteria
Thursdays, September 20 & 27 | 4:00PM

Bring all your friends, have fun playing the traditional game of Loteria Mexicana, and win some prizes!

LibFlix
Tuesday, October 2 | 4:00PM
Bring all your friends for an after-school break and relax with a movie and snacks. This week, we’ll be showing a movie about an astounding Latino track team that goes for the gold.

Gamer Thursday: Mexican Bingo
Thursday, October 4 | 4:00PM
Feeling lucky? Play a traditional Mexican game of chance and win some prizes.


ADULT PROGRAMS

3rd Annual Chips & Salsa Contest
Friday, September 14 | 12:00PM
To kick off our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, come join us for a “Chips and Salsa” contest. Do you have a killer recipe for salsa dip or pico de gallo? Then show us your stuff! We invite all “picosos” out there to our salsa contest. Prizes awarded. Registration required.

DIY Mariachi Candy Holder
Friday, October 12 | 10:00AM
Dress up a few items you can get at the Dollar Store and turn them into a Mariachi candy holder. Call the Palm View Branch Library for details on the items you will need. Registration required.

Loteria Day
Friday, October 19 | 10:30AM
Loteria! Come join us for Hispanic Heritage traditional fun.


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS 

Baby Storytime: Fiesta Babies
Sunday, September 16 | 4:00PM
Monday, September 17 | 10:00AM
It’s never too early to read together. Bring your little ones for stories, signs, and playtime! Designed for babies birth-18mo and their grown ups.

Art for All Ages: Frida Kahlo
Friday, September 21 | 5:00PM
Join us for some artistic fun. Each month we’ll learn about two different artists, how they made art and why. Appropriate for all ages, including parents!

TEEN PROGRAMS

Makerspace: Calavera Perler Beads
Wednesday, September 19 | 6:30PM
Help us celebrate our Hispanic culture by creating your own Calavera or “Sugar Skull” keychain. Mix and match colors to make your own unique design.

Mexican Paper Flowers
Sunday, September 30 | 2:00PM
Teens, grab a friend for an evening of crafting. Learn to make colorful paper flowers in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Use them to brighten your space, make a bouquet, or even a flower crown! Supplies provided.


ADULT PROGRAMS

Author Presentation: Christopher Carmona

Thursday, September 6 | 6:30-8:30PM
Auditorium
Christopher Carmona is the author of The Road to Llorona Park, which won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Best Fiction Award and was listed as one of the top 8 Latinx books in 2016 by NBC news. Please join us to listen to Mr. Carmona talk about his latest book, El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande. It is a story which encompasses all the exciting and dangerous elements of a family that struggles to defend their land against great odds.


Telling Our Stories: Fiction Writing Workshop with Daniel Garcia Ordaz
Saturday, September 15 | 1:00-4:00PM
Meeting Room B

In this workshop, Daniel Garcia Ordaz discusses the importance of creating and presenting literature that celebrates RGV Hispanic culture and heritage, and how each of us possess a story that’s worth telling. “My goal is for participants to leave with the seed of a story that may’ve already been growing inside them, that they can then nurture and polish into a full piece,” says Garcia Ordaz.

National Hispanic Heritage Month’s 30th Anniversary: An acknowledgement of Hispanic contributions to the fabric of America
Wednesday, September 19 | 7:00-8:30 PM
McAllen Public Library Auditorium
History textbooks often overlook Hispanic contributions, and is similar to teaching history with books that are missing a couple of chapters. This presentation by STC History Professor Elizandro Munoz will focus on the often overlooked Hispanic contributions in our nation’s history, dating back to the American Revolution.

Honoring Gloria Anzaldua: World Renowned Author & Icon
Wednesday, September 26 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Meeting Rooms A & B
Join us for a discussion of Gloria Anzaldua’s literary works and legacy. 

Author Presentation: Edward Vidaurre
Thursday, September 27 | 6:00-8:00PM
Auditorium
Edward Vidaurre is the 2018 McAllen, TX Poet Laureate. He is the author of four collections of poetry: I Took My Barrio on a Road Trip (Slough Press 2013), Insomnia (El Zarape Press 2014), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press 2015), Chicano Blood Transfusion (FlowerSong Press 2016). A true poet of the people, Edward Vidaurre continues to keep the life of the Indie Lit scene flourishing. We invite you to join us for the presentation of his book, Ramona and Rumi: Love in the Time of Oligarchy: & unedited Necessary Poems.


FAMILY PROGRAMS

Fiesta de Familia
Saturday, October 13 | 1:00-5:00
PM
Meeting Center
Take a trip through the heart of Hispanic Heritage and join us in celebrating these amazing cultures with music, food, and activities for all! Add to the fun by competing in our Hispanic Icon look-alike contest for children, teens, and adults.



CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Tasty Tortillas
Monday, September 17 | 11:00AM
Wednesday, September 19 | 10:30AM
Learn your shapes in a fun way, while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a traditional treat!

Crafty Kids
Wednesday, September 19 | 6:30PM
Join us as we make fun and easy mini pinatas. All ages.


TEEN PROGRAMS

Frida Kahlo Pointillism
Tuesday, September 18 | 5:00PM
In honor of Frida Kahlo, we will be recreating her popular paintings into pointillism art. We will be using tiny dots of various pure colors.


ADULT PROGRAMS

Painting Class - Mexican Hacienda
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00-4:00PM
Join us for an afternoon of painting. Simpy sign up for the event and show up to paint and socialize with other attendees. All materials - brushes, canvases, paints, easels, and other supplies are provided. This month we will create a colorful Mexican Hacienda! Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and create a wonderful work of art.

Mexican Fiesta
Saturday, September 15 | 1:00-4:00PM
Join us for an afternoon celebrating our Hispanic culture! The Mission Parks & Recreation Folklorico Dancers will share with us a wonderful performance of traditional dances from the various states of Mexico. They will be performing at 2:00 PM. These presentations have always been a crowd favorite, you don’t want to miss them! We will also do a craft and have light refreshments. We invite you to a great event for the whole family!




CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Baby Storytime: Fiesta Babies
Thursday, September 6 | 11:00AM
Learning is our role and play time is our goal for children birth to 24 months of age.

Lego Club: Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00PM
Show your creative side by building cool objects with Legos.

Bilingual Storytime: Let’s Celebrate Mexico
Wednesday, September 12 | 6:00PM
Share bilingual stories, songs, rhymes and activities!

Family Storytime: Loteria para Ninos
Monday, September 17 | 6:00PM
Come and celebrate with fun activities for the whole family!


TEEN PROGRAMS

LibFlix
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00PM
Bring all your friends for an after-school break and relax with a movie and snacks. This week, we’ll be showing a movie about a labor leader and civil rights activist.

LibFlix
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00PM

Bring all your friends for an after-school break and relax with a movie and snacks. This week, we’ll be showing a movie about a mother who crosses the border illegally in search of a better life for her son. 

Workshop Wednesday
Pinata DIY
Wednesday, September 19 | 4:00PM
Celebrate traditions by learning the basics of making a mini pinata.

Workshop Wednesday
Papel Picado
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00PM
Celebrate traditions by learning the art of making Papel Picado (tissue paper with cut-out shapes). 

Gamer Thursday: Mexican Bingo Loteria
Thursdays, September 20 & 27 | 4:00PM
Bring all your friends, have fun playing the traditional game of Loteria Mexicana, and win some prizes!


ADULT PROGRAMS

3rd Annual Chips & Salsa Contest
Friday, September 14 | 12:00PM
To kick off our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, come join us for a “Chips and Salsa” contest. Do you have a killer recipe for salsa dip or pico de gallo? Then show us your stuff! We invite all “picosos” out there to our salsa contest. Prizes awarded. Registration required.