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Grand Rapids Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

GRAND RAPIDS: The Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with online and in-person programs for both kids and adults.

 

Programs include panel discussions in collaboration with local organizations, on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s  official Facebook page and Youtube channel, There will also be events for families and public altars in honor of Día de los Muertos. All events take place between September 15 - November 3, 2021. GRPL’s series of educational and entertaining programming includes:


Raising Bilingual Children

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00 pm 

Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page

 

Participate in a live discussion about the benefits and challenges of raising bilingual children. Panelists include local parents, educators, and community members. A wonderful opportunity to listen, share, and gather resources. This program is presented in partnership with the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

 

Latinos and the Fight for Equitable Education in Grand Rapids and Michigan

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:00 pm

Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page

 

MSU professor Delia Fernández will explore the history of Latinos in Grand Rapids, and the difficulties faced when reaching for access to an equitable education. Dr. Fernández’s research centers on Latino placemaking in the Midwest. She is particularly interested in how they transform the places they live in to suit their political, economic, and social needs.

 

¡Vamos A Leer!

Tuesday, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 2021,  1:00 pm

Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

 

These storytimes celebrate the power of being bilingual and Hispanic Heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English by our friends from local organizations: Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities; West Michigan Chamber of Commerce; LINC Up; and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

 

 

Bilingual Yoga

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9:30 am

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:00 pm

Madison Square Branch lawn - 1201 Madison SE

 

Have you ever been curious about trying yoga? While trying something new can be intimidating, yoga is a great way to help you move and relax your body. Discover the benefits of yoga with these all-ages classes taught by registered yoga instructor, Karolina DeLange.

 

 

Public Día de los Muertos Altars

Monday, October 25 - Wednesday, November 3, 2021, during open hours

Madison Square Branch - 1201 Madison SE

Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities - 644 Grandville Ave SW

 

Experience altars created by talented artist Reyna Garcia. The altars highlight the significance of the Dia de los Muertos celebration within some of our Hispanic cultures. Printed educational material will be available for everyone that visits the altars. 

 

In addition to virtual programming, GRPL is offering Latinx Figures Craft Kits craft kits. These take-home kits include age-appropriate crafts and coloring pages for kids, and include information to help families learn about four different Latinx figures: Roberto Clemente, Celia Cruz, Ellen Ochoa, and Cesar Chavez. Craft kits can be picked up at any GRPL location. Available while supplies last.

Parents and teachers can also pick up an altar kit to build an educational altar at home or in the classroom, Atar kits are available to pick up at all GRPL locations and at the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities between September 27 - October 30 while supplies last. Limit one kit per family or classroom.

All library events are free and available on GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Visit www.grpl.org/hispanicheritage or call 616.988.5400 for more information. The Grand Rapids Public Library inspires opportunity, connection, and innovation. Funding for these programs is provided by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. 

 

 

 
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