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Hispanic Heritage Month: Todos Somos, Somos Uno - We Are All, We Are One - DC Public Library

The DC Public Library proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 by sharing amazing resources to read, watch, listen to and learn. Additionally, the Library will be offering some great programs for all ages to enjoy. The 2023 theme is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One”. The theme reinforces the diversity inherent within the Hispanic community, as well as the power that comes from unity. 

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Events

DC Public Library is hosting a variety of can't-miss events for all ages. See a selection of highlighted events and click on the button below to check out what is coming up at a library near you!

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The People Who Report More Stress

La Comunidad Reads with Alejandro Varela and Lupita Aquino

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Lupita Aquino invites you to join her new book club, La Comunidad Reads, an author-inclusive club that aims to build a space where Latine-authored books are magnified for all readers! For this meeting of the La Comunidad Reads Book Club, Lupita sits down with short story author Alejandro Varela to talk about his newest collection of short stories The People Who Report More Stress. The interconnected stories use humor to address the impact of microaggressions, racism and social stress factors on people of color. This chronic stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health and the best antidote is community and solidarity.


 

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Todas Las Manos

Public Art, Activism and Historic Memory

Friday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

This panel is in conjunction with the exhibition of "Todas Las Manos," a five-part mural installation created by Francisco Letelier and artists from the Latin American Youth Center on display at the library from September 9 - October 22. The public art project celebrates the pursuit of human rights and global justice and commemorates the 1976 assassination in Washington of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier (the artist's father) and Ronni Karpen Moffitt by agents of the Chilean dictatorship. Letelier and Moffitt were colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies. In the half-century since the Chilean coup, Chilean exiles have created a new home in the United States. Through solidarity and cultural exchange, efforts in Chile have joined efforts to advance social justice and memory in the United States and around the world. Join us for poetry and discussion.


 

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Laura Luv

En Vivo at MLK: Hispanic Heritage Month Concert Series

Saturday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The DC Public LIbrary is excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with LIVE music on the MLK Library rooftop featuring La Marela, Laura Luv and Jonathan Acosta in partnership with Mars Arts DC.


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Black and white photo of the Perpetual Federal Savings Bank in Adams Morgan with signs for "No US Intervention in El Salvador" and "Stop Arming Tyranny, Back the People"

The History of Adams Morgan Plaza

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. | Mt. Pleasant Library

The History of the Adams Morgan Plaza is a forum and photography display about the long community life of the property at the corner of 18th & Columbia. The forum will cover the time of the Knickerbocker Theater disaster in 1922 up to the time Truist Bank put a fence around the plaza in 2022.  The presence of an easement on the plaza has been the focus of litigation since 2016.  The forum and display will educate the community on the specific issues involved in the litigation and why it is important that the Adams Morgan Plaza remain a public space for continued community use.  


 

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La Comunidad Reads with Lupita Aquino with the Library and DC Public Library Foundation Logos

El Gran Combo | La Comunidad Reads with Lupita Aquino

Saturday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this special edition of the La Comunidad Reads Book Club with Lupita Aquino - better known as Lupita.Reads with an engaging panel of Latinx writers, including Angie Cruz, Caro De Robertis, Lilliam Rivera and Jaquira Díaz. Join #LaComunidadReads as we welcome the core members of El Gran Combo, author series to DC for a  special conversation about community: how these authors approach writing about it through their books, how to form it, sustain it and nourish it for generations to come. Seating opens at 2:30 p.m. with vinyl selector Jovi bringing us salsa and Latin jazz vibes. Dancing welcomed!


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The One Who Loves You The Most

Tween Book Club: The One Who Loves You The Most

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m. | Mt. Pleasant Library

Join us for our monthly tween book club, all ages 8-18 welcome. This month we'll be reading "The one who loves you the most," written by medina. This month's book club will be very special because the author, medina, will be joining us via live video chat to talk about their book and answer our questions!


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Books for Teens

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Our Shadows Have Claws

Our Shadows Have Claws

Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher

Books for Adults

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Family Lore

Family Lore

Elizabeth Acevedo

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Harsh Times

Harsh Times

Mario Vargas Llosa

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Donde Somos Humanos

Donde Somos Humanos

Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca

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Rivermouth: A chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration

Rivermouth

Alejandra Oliva

Exhibit | Todas Las Manos: Commemorating 50 Years Since the Military Coup in Chile

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Compilation image of Todas Las Manos murals, courtesy of Francisco Letelier

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 9 - Oct. 22

Exhibit Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Floor 1, Great Hall, East

Todas Las Manos: Commemorating 50 Years Since the Military Coup in Chile is a five-part mural installation created by Francisco Letelier and artists from the Latin American Youth Center. The public art project celebrates the pursuit of human rights and global justice and commemorates the 1976 assassination in Washington of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier (the artist's father) and Ronni Karpen Moffitt by agents of the Chilean dictatorship on the streets of Washington DC. Letelier and Moffitt were colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Stream Author Talks and Panels On Demand