Hispanic Heritage Month at the Madison Public Libraries

Madison Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Please join the Madison Public Library branches in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  For a complete listing of events click here.

The following events are partially funded by Beyond the Page, the Madison Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month - Meadowridge Book Club

September 20, 10:30-11:30am, Meadowridge Library

Come discuss this bestseller during National Hispanic Heritage Month with Yesianne Ramirez, a native Puerto Rican.

Book discussed: When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.  When I Was Puerto Rican is a 1993 autobiography written by Puerto Rican native Esmeralda Santiago.

It is the first of three installments, followed by Almost a Woman and The Turkish Lover.  In these, Ms. Santiago narrates her childhood and migration to New York with witty details and fondness.

 

Collected Works of Meg Medina
September 24, 7-8pm, Central Library

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Meg Medina will join the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss her books for kids of all ages.

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

The Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center will host a welcome reception at 6:30 PM. Gather and learn about the work the CCBC does to support teaching, learning, and research related to children’s and young adult literature.  

 

Burn Baby Burn with Meg Medina
September 25, 12-3:00pm – Madison Metropolitan School District School Visits (not open to the public)

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.   

 

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists with Eloisa Gómez
November 27, 6:30pm – Meadowridge Public Library

Celebrated Latina civil rights activist and foreword writer Dolores Huerta once said, "Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world."  These are the stories of some of the Latina activists from Wisconsin who have lived Huerta's words. Somos Latinas shares the powerful narratives of 25 activists from outspoken demonstrators to collaborative community-builders to determined individuals working for change behind the scenes- providing proof of the long-standing legacy of Latina activism throughout Wisconsin. Somos Latinas draws on activist interviews conducted as part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and looks deep into the life and passion of each woman.

This presentation will feature co-author Eloisa Gómez and several of the women featured in the book.  Book sales, signing, and refreshments to follow.