Hispanic Heritage Month

Houston Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15, 2016


Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 1PM - 5PM
Central Library Plaza | 500 McKinney St., 77002

Join us for the 5th Annual Houston LibroFEST, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month that spotlights books, art, history and culture through library presentations, activities, performances and more. Local literary organizations, community groups, writers, artists and notable speakers take part in the festivities. This free event is for all to enjoy! 

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12:45 PM  |  KICK OFF: HPL Welcome + Performance by High School for the Performing and Visual Arts group, Mariachi Los Pasajeros

1 PM  |  Two Trailblazing Latina Leaders: Former Texas State Representative, Diana Dávila Martínez, and former Houston City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Houston, Gracie Saenz, share their experiences as Latina civic leaders.


Dávila Martínez is an author who served in the Texas Legislature from 1993-1998. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School and Harvard University, she is a life-long Houstonian. 




Gracie Saenz is an Attorney at Law with Saenz & Burkhardt PLLC, a former Houston City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Houston, and a graduate of Northside High School (formerly Jeff Davis High School).

2 PM  |  Aliens, Mothers and Family Trees: Bilingual storytime with Salvadoran children’s author, René Colato Laínez!

Enjoy a fun storytime with children’s author Laínez while he takes you and your children on a ride with his delightful, original, clever and purposeful multicultural alien tale.


2:45 PM  |  Music performed by Dan Oviedo & Friends

3 PM  |  Readings by local writers sponsored by Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Writespace, Public Poetry, and the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies

4 PM  |  American Dreams: Poet Javier O. Huerta and Wall Street executive-turned-author Julissa Arce speak about their immigrant experiences and remarkable accomplishments; moderated by Claudia Kolker.

Author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic.  Huerta shares his experience as an immigrant in America and his journey toward becoming a naturalized citizen.



Writer, speaker and author of My (Underground) American Dream.  Hear Julissa’s inspirational story of how she achieved the American Dream while being an undocumented immigrant.  Ms. Arce is being featured on HBO Latino one-hour special series, Habla y Vota, on September 16.  

From Voter Drives to Viva Kennedy: The Latino Vote in Houston, 1930s – 1960s Exhibition

Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002

Take a journey through the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s as you learn more about the power of the Latino vote in the city of Houston.
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Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Collection (HMRC)

For an in-depth look at Houston's Hispanic heritage, spend some time looking through the Hispanic Heritage Month featured collection from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.  You'll experience oral histories from Houston citizens, lots of archival images and timelines for specific historical events.

The exhibits and events are free and open to the public.