¡Celebramos Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month!

Submitted by CCCL_LuciaF

In the past year, your Contra Costa County librarians have been busy working behind the scenes to make this organization more inclusive and equitable for you. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee recruited a Spanish language interpreter for virtual programs and continues to develop ways to best serve you. A group of Spanish bilingual staff from libraries across the county collaborate to ensure you have relatable información en español. The Collection Development department is conducting a diversity audit with the goal to better represent the full range of voices that speak to the experiences of our beautiful and diverse Contra Costa County. In addition, our Library Leadership introduced the first Latina and bilingual Library Service Manager onto the team. We are excited to see what developments take place in the next year!

Celebrate Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month with the following in-person events:

  • The musical group, Cascada de Flores will be performing at the Hercules Library on September 10th, and the Pleasant Hill Library on September 13th. These bilingual and participatory performances feature original stories told with traditional instruments, and a selection of songs from different regions of México. These performances are great fun for the whole family!
  • On September 17th, the Hercules Library will also host a Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Paint Night, where participants will learn how to create their own Frida Kahlo-esque masterpiece with help from a host artist. Be sure to register to save your spot for this exciting event!
  • On September 27th, the Pleasant Hill Library will also host Repujado Bookmarks for Teens. Local artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will lead this fun afterschool program just for teens (must be at least 11 years old to attend). Register today to learn how to craft Repujado tin art into unique bookmarks.
  • The Oakley Library will be hosting Teokalli Traditional Aztec/Mexica Dancers on September 27th. Teokalli (meaning "House of Creation" in the Nahuatl language), showcase ancient dances and music of Mexican origin. Don't miss this colorful, dynamic, and educational performance.
  • The Antioch Library is proud to present the Chicano Book Club. This program will be held on the first Saturday of the month at noon. The first meeting will be on Saturday, October 1st at 12:00 p.m. and will feature Danny Trejo's biography, Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood.

While visiting our website, be sure to check out our many digital resources that are always available and free with your Contra Costa County Library card. Log in to Kanopy to watch movies from all over Latinoamérica, along with bilingual stories and videos in Spanish for kids. Browse Hispanic Life in America to access a collection of over 17,000 American and global news sources that explore the experience and impact of Hispanic life in America from the early 18th century to today. Explore OverDrive/Libby to find stories that celebrate Hispanic Heritage and Latinx voices for all ages. 

As the proud daughter of a Chicana mother and a Salvadorean father, this librarian would like to wish you a happy Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month!

Con cariño,