FIESTA! Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Culture, October 2-11, at Springfield City Library
The library’s Hispanic Heritage celebration kicks off with a Film Series at our Mason Square Branch, 765 State Street. Thursday, October 2, 6-8 p.m., we’ll show Cesar Chavez. Director Diego Luna’s biopic chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Rated PG-13. Puerto Rican specialty desserts will be served. On Thursday, October 9, 6-8 p.m., we’ll show Il Postino. Join us for a beloved romantic comedy; Mario, an Italian postman, learns to love poetry while delivering mail to Nobel-Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Mario uses what he learns from his unlikely friend to woo local beauty, Beatrice. Rated PG. Pastries and popcorn served!
Stop in on Saturday, October 4, 12-2 p.m., for an Hispanic Heritage Food Festival at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Avenue. Enjoy delicious specialties from local Hispanic restaurants! Featured will be foods of Puerto Rico, Mexico and El Salvador, provided by Salsa’s Salvadoran Restaurant, Estelita’s Taqueria, and the Food Zone Restaurant. Free tickets will be given out at the door and traded for food samples.
On Tuesday, October 7, 6-8 p.m., the Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield Street, will host a Flan Contest, plus a Concert by Alturas Duo. You can sample flan from Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Taste and vote for your favorite! Contest winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) announced at 6:15 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Alturas Duo will play South American folk and classical music by bringing together unique sounds and instruments to create a passionate music that moves fluidly and excitedly between styles and eras. The Alturas Duo will be enjoyed by all ages! Local authors Wayne Phaneuf & Elizabeth Román will discuss the exciting book Nuestra Historia, a chronicle of Hispanic history in Western Massachusetts. Copies of the book will be available for sale at a discount.
Stop in to the East Forest Park Branch Library, 122 Island Pond Road, on Wednesday, October 8, 6-7:30 p.m., for a Chocolate Tasting. Taste five different chocolates from various countries, with a progression of cacao content to educate your chocolate palate. Sample delightful specialty, designer and premium chocolates! During the course of this program you’ll learn about the origins of chocolate, its historical significance, variations in taste based on growing regions, botanical and chemical facts, and medicinal uses. Browse our book display highlighting cooking and baking with chocolate, as well as the chocolate-themed fiction.
Saturday, October 11, 11:30-1 p.m., a Spanish-Language Poetry Reading will take place at Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak Street, under the beautifully restored library dome. Come listen to local poets in this family-friendly poetry reading coordinated by El Pueblo Latino’s reporter Damaris Perez-Pizarro.
Sunday, October 19, 1-2 p.m., our Rotunda Rhythms concert at the Central Library, 220 State Street, will feature Alturas Duo, recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing chamber music today, and the only group of its kind. If you missed them at the Brightwood Branch, here’s your chance to hear them in another exceptional venue, the phenomenal Central Library rotunda!
All events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please call 413-263-6828, ext. 422.