Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15-October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures and extensive histories of both Hispanic and Latinx American communities.  The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua on September 15th and Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th.  

The Wheaton Community Relations Commission encourages the community to learn more about the history of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month through some of the links below and to explore some of the local events which celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month and the Hispanic and Latinx communities.  

Wheaton Public Library Events

Adult Programs

Latinos in Illinois and the US: Music as a Cultural History
Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Join Dr. Catalina Maria Johnson as she gives us a broad overview of milestones the last 75 years of music in the Latino U.S. as a way of understanding the history, roots, and concerns of Latinos in this land, with a special emphasis on Mexican and Puerto Rican musicians in Illinois as Latino populations that have profoundly marked the state’s culture and music.

Visit the Wheaton Public Library website to register for the event

Youth Programs

DIY Papel Picado
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.
We're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by learning to make Papel Picado. Stop by the Youth Services Department between 4pm and 5pm and staff will show you how it's done!

Visit the Wheaton Public Library website to register for the event

DIY Mexican Paper Flowers
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
We're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by learning to make Mexican Paper Flowers over Zoom. Registered participants can pick up a supply kit from the Youth Services Department beginning Sept. 14. 

Visit the Wheaton Public Library website to register for the event

Bring Your Own Blanket Storytime: Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
We'll be meeting on the library's West Plaza. Please bring a blanket or towel for your family to sit on to help us social distance. In the event that we cannot hold this program outside, we will have Storytime in the Early Childhood Center. 

Visit the Wheaton Public Library website to register for the event

Dazzling Debuts: a Virtual Author Panel
Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Join us as we virtually host 2021 debut Latinx authors Olivia Abtahi (Perfectly Parvin), Jonny Garza Villa (Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun), and Crystal Maldonado (Fat Chance, Charlie Vega)! Join us for conversation about the books, the writing process, what it takes to be a teen author, and any questions you may have for them! 

Visit the Wheaton Public Library website to register for the event

College of DuPage Events

The College of DuPage has a great collection of events kicking off on September 15th, which celebrate this year’s theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” (NCHEPM, 2021).

A full list of events can be found on the College of DuPage's website.

Books About Hispanic Heritage Month

In addition to the various WPL events, the Wheaton Public Library also has multiple books for residents to view and learn about various events and topics surrounding Hispanic Heritage Month. Visit the Wheaton Public Library's website to view the library's online catalog.

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