HPL's Fifth Annual LibroFEST Celebration



Join HPL on Saturday, October 1, 2016 as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our 5th annual LibroFEST event!  

We've been organizing and hosting this event since 2011, and it just keeps getting better.

We always have great performances...

And awesome author signings...

And fun for the whole family!

Visit our LibroFEST event page for more information on the 2016 celebration.

National Hispanic Heritage Month was first celebrated as a designated week of recognition in 1968, during President Lyndon B. Johnson's time in office.  Twenty years later in 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded Hispanic Heritage Week to the 30 day Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) that we celebrate today.  

This significant time period commemorates the anniversaries of independence for several Latin American nations: Costa Rica (Sept. 15), El Salvador (Sept. 15), Guatemala (Sept. 15), Honduras (Sept. 15), Nicaragua (Sept. 15), Mexico (Sept. 16), Chile (Sept. 18) and Belize (Sept. 18).  Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) is also celebrated during this month on October 12th (source: www.hispanicheritagemonth.org). 

As an integral part of one of the most diverse cities in America, the Houston Public Library takes this opportunity every year to bring our community together in appreciation for the richness of life we all get to enjoy as we learn about Hispanic culture.

For an in-depth look at Houston's Hispanic heritage, do yourself a favor and spend some time looking through the Hispanic Heritage Month featured collection from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC).  You'll experience oral histories from Houston citizens, lots of archival images and timelines for specific historical events to get yourself in the mood to celebrate at LibroFEST! 

Join us again this year on October 1, 2016 from 1PM to 5PM at the Central Library Plaza to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with LibroFEST.  You and your family will enjoy live performances, activities, library presentations, guest speakers and more! 

Thanks, Houston, and happy celebrating!

Lauren W.





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