Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

Since 1988, America has designated September 15 to October 15, as Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate with Cleveland Public library as we join community partners to give voice to the Hispanic traditions, culture, and contributions that helped shape this country.


Celebrate the history of Latinos and African Americans and the diversity in baseball from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues while you explore the impact that historic League Park (in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood) has had on baseball and on the city of Cleveland.

Youth sports clinics with former pro players Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Joe Azcue and John McDonald are followed by games played on the League Park field.

Do you have a softball team you would like to register? Are you interested in becoming a volunteer or a sponsor? Email juliadeburgos@gmail.com or call 216-894-5664.

¡Pleibol! is made possible through a collaboration between the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum, along with Cleveland Public Library, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, the Cleveland Indians and many generous corporate and business sponsors.

Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24
Youth sports clinics: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Games: 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

Pura Belpré: Librarian & Storyteller

Enjoy a colorful poster exhibit and documentary film, courtesy of CENTRO (the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter College, New York), chronicling the professional life of Pura Belpré, the first Puertorriqueña/Latina librarian of the New York Public Library System and renowned author/storyteller of Puerto Rican folklore. She is best known for her version of La Cucaracha Martina y el Ratoncito Pérez and for representing her stories with the help of handmade puppets. Belpré published over seven anthologies of folktales, a short novel and various translations, all targeted at young audiences. The captions and quotations in this exhibit are from her words as they appear in her papers and interviews which are part of CENTRO’s archival collections.

October 1 – November 30
Main Library, Youth Services Department, 4th Floor

Music at Main: Jackie Warren and Sammy DeLeon

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the premiere Latin Jazz musicians in Cleveland, pianist Jackie Warren and percussionist Sammy DeLeon.

Get a taste of Jackie and Sammy in concert.

Saturday, October 7 • 2:00 p.m.
Main Library, Fine Arts Department, 3rd Floor

Mi Mundo! Family Story Time Tuesdays

A special family event for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, presented by the Cleveland Public Library and the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center.

Author Raquel M. Ortiz, reads her charming children’s book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural/Sofi y el Mágico Mural Musical, followed by colorful crafts for kids, festive music and a sampling of delicious Puerto Rican foods. Find more information here.

Tuesday, October 17 • 6:00 p.m.
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
3800 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113