Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15



7th Annual LibroFEST
Saturday, September 29 |12 PM - 3 PM
Central Library 

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Houston during Hispanic Heritage Month. Join local organizations, authors and artists for presentations, interactive activities, food, music and much more at this annual fest!

Noon | Kick-off with Mariachi Los Pasajeros
12:15 PM | Bilingual Storytime with Xavier Garza, author of Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite / Sólo una mordidita chiquitita, an engaging picture book featuring Day of the Dead, mariachi music and pan dulce!

1:10 PM | Bilingual Storytime with Gwendolyn Zepeda, author of Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays/ Los sábados y domingos de Maya y Annie, a sweet story about friendship and blended families!

1:50 PM | Undebel Flamenco, performance by Mercy Renteria                       
2:15 PM | Today’s Latinx Writers: Out Loud & in Full Bloom
Hear from local authors Jasminne Méndez (Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry) and Christpher Miguel Flakus, in conversation with Gwendolyn Zepeda
3 PM | Banned Books Week Screen-In: Bless Me, Ultima

Activities with our Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) during LibroFEST!

Book Snake Craft  

Make a Book Snake with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center! A Book Snake is a weight for holding books open. Children and their families will enjoy this fun and easy craft while learning basic techniques for handling books with care. 

Anthropoesia, Writer's Workshop 

Searching for a story? Find inspiration in the archive! Join us for a writer’s workshop at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and historical documents.  Hear from Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects, as he shares how a diary, a map, and newspaper clippings inspired his anthropoesia. 

The Living Room at HPL
Saturday, September 29 | 10:30 AM
Heights Neighborhood Library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about our our community's heritage, with live performances, fun activities, and food!

Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6| 6 PM - 8 PM
HPL Express Discovery Green 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Loteria Night! Questions will relate to Houston Hispanic History and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) Hispanic Archival Collections. Prizes include reproductions of historic images housed at HMRC. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.

Houston: The Poetry of Us 
Saturday, October 27 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Juila Ideson Building | Reynolds Room 

Does Houston have a poetry scene? Share your experience and perspectives at our collecting event for Houston: The Poetry of Us, an oral history project aimed at collecting the voices of Houston poets and perspectives on the history of poetry in the Bayou City. This oral history effort is a collaborative partnership between the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects. Staff will be on-site with recording equipment to film brief interviews with attendees. All participants will receive a copy of their interview. Call 832-393-1662 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins welcome.