The Omaha Public Library plans a number of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th.
Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for OPL says a bilingual story time will be held at three branches – South Omaha, Abrahams and Washington – featuring English and Spanish stories, music, crafts and movement.
Getzschman says fiestas are another highlight of the month’s events.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration, so we do want to emphasize that we are having a couple of fiestas. One is going to be on September 15th at our Florence branch --- and they are going to have music and snacks and crafts and a piñata, but they are asking that people register for that, even though it is free and for all ages. And then we’re having another Hispanic Heritage Fiesta at our South Omaha Library on September 22nd -- and they’re even having a salsa-tasting contest – so that should be really fun.”
Getzschman says through these special programs and OPL materials they will be recognizing some of the great contributions Hispanics and Latino Americans have made to United States culture. Spanish and Latino authors will be featured on the OPL website and at the branches, and Getzschman says they also have a number of titles available in Spanish. On Saturday, October 13th, storyteller Linda Garcia-Perez will tell stories about growing up in Omaha's Mexican-American community at OPL's Millard branch.
For a schedule of events and registration information, the website is Omahalibrary.org.