Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15

GPL celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover GPL staff reading recommendations, programs for all ages, and continue to learn at hispanicheritagemonth.gov.



Being Bilingual Rocks (all ages w/adult)

Saturday, September 10, 10:30-11:30 AM • Jackman Park

Musicians Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet share a joyous blend of original and folk music including Flamenco, Rumba, Bluegrass, and other Latin beats in English and SpanishArrive 20 minutes early for your program ticket. Preference given to GPL cardholders.

GlenViewings: In The Heights (143min/PG-13/2021)

Friday, September 16, 2 & 6:30 PM • Community Room

Bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, dreams, and sings about a better life. Adapted from the stage musical.

Mariachi Sirenas

Sunday, September 18, 2-3 PM • Community Room

Enjoy a live performance from Chicago’s first and only all-women Mariachi group. The Mariachi Sirenas are part of the community of strong women working to represent the genre of mariachi music in the Windy City.

Mike Amezcua on Making Mexican Chicago

Wednesday, September 21, 7-8 PM • Via Zoom

Georgetown University Professor Mike Amezcua discusses how the Windy City became a Mexican metropolis in working-class neighborhoods like Pilsen and Little Village, exploring a powerful multiracial history of Chicago that sheds new light on the origins of urban inequality.

A Virtual Evening with Author Erika L. Sanchez

Thursday, September 29, 7-8 PM • Via Zoom

Chicagoan and author of the award-winning teen novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika L. Sanchez talks about her experience as a writer and upcoming memoir for adults, Crying in the Bathroom. Discussion followed by an audience Q & A. Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

StoryWalk Storytime (all ages w/adult)

Friday, September 30, 9:30-10:30 AM • Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Blvd

Take a walk with the Youth Services Librarians at the Library’s StoryWalk. We’ll interact with Carmela, Full of Wishes with props, activities, and a special craft. Walk-throughs will be at 9:30 and 10 AM. Drop in.

Artistas Pequeños / Little Artists (ages 2-6 w/adult)

Tuesday, October 11, 4:30-5:30 PM • Youth Program Room

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about three Hispanic artists and then creating art inspired by their works.

Cuisine Quest: South America

Thursday, October 13, 7-8 PM • Community Room

Take a bite out of The Americas and travel in search of the most delectable dishes from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, and more. Gain insight into stylistic influences, local agriculture, and how climate change impacts food security. Includes recipes and restaurant recommendations.