September 1, 2022
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Largo, Maryland – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) offers robust Hispanic cultural programming year-round and its 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration offers a concentration of engaging events for the whole family. The Hispanic community is an important part of our customers at PGCMLS. According to the 2020 Census, Hispanics make up 18.8% of the U.S. population and 20.4% of the Prince George’s County population, making Hispanics the second largest racial/ethnic group in the county.
“The Library is thrilled to present a robust series of Hispanic Heritage Month programs this year, both to invite the general public to learn more about the diversity that exists in the Hispanic and Latin diaspora, and to celebrate the role of local libraries as neighborhood spaces for learning and deepening interpersonal connections,” said Nicholas A. Brown, the Library’s Honduran-American Acting Co-CEO.
This year’s celebration starts with an educational event to learn how Mexican culture has influenced American cuisine. The Mexican Food Revolution on September 9, at 4 pm, will take place at the Spaulding Branch.
During Ready 2 Read Storytime, PGCMLS will offer stories, songs, and more, celebrating Hispanic culture through books and songs.
On September 19, from 1-3 pm, the Library will showcase and have a film discussion about Pablo Larrain’s movie Neruda. Participants will learn about the Chilean writer and the magnificent work he had done during the years with his poetry.
“My Broken Language: a Memoir” by Quiara Alegria Hudes will be the protagonist of the book discussion to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 pm; participants can borrow a copy of the book at their branch Library.
On Monday, September 26 at 7 pm, as part of the celebration and during our Independent Film Series, the Hyattsville location will have a screening of the local film La Manplesa - an uprising remembered followed by a discussion with film director Ellie Walton.
Hispanic culture is known for its colorful, magical rhythms, and PGCMLS will allow families to sing and dance with musical acts throughout the Library branches. 1,2,3 Andres, a Grammy-winning music duo will perform their songs in English and Spanish on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm.
The Library will also have many musical events during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration such as:
Cantaré, introduces audiences to the beautiful songs and rhythms of Latin America, drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Matt Keown will delight the audience with the beautiful sounds of this massive mallet percussion instrument called the marimba.
For the list of events and more information visit:
About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve book lovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Learn more at pgcmls.info/about-us.