Hispanic Heritage Month at Cleveland Public Library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Cleveland Public Library. The month honoring the culture takes place September 15 – October 15. Our family fun programs will focus on the rich history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at South Branch

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and traditions of Cleveland’s Hispanic heritage, including live music and dance performances by Suavecito Project and Grupo Azteca Guadalupana, along with a sampling of Latinx treats.

Friday, September 17, 6 – 8pm
South Branch Outdoor Patio
3096 Scranton Road

CPL Play Online Special Guest: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is a graphic novelist, and the writer and creator of the bestselling superhero series, La Borinqueña. Edgardo joins CPL PLAY ONLINE for an inspiring and unflinching look at representation and diversity (or lack thereof) in storytelling of all kinds along with an exploration of the creative process of character building and world building in graphic novels, games, and art. The conversation will be followed by our usual gaming content.

Friday, October 15, 5 – 6pm

Latinx Make Art

[Youth Series] Makeart and explore the culture of Latin America in this hands-on series presented by Art Therapy Studio. Pick up a free art kit at your neighborhood branch to follow along at home on YouTube.  (Please allow 2-3 business days for art kit delivery to your library location. You will be contacted by phone or email when it’s available for pick up.)

Fridays, September 24 – October 15, 4 – 5pm
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Avenue

[Adult Series] Explore identity and culture in this therapeutic art series offered by Art Therapy Studio. The in-person program will be held at Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center located at 2800 Archwood Avenue in Cleveland. 

Fridays, September 24- October 29, 6 – 7pm
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Avenue

¡Baila Conmigo! for Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn some Spanish dances along with Hispanic Heritage History. This will be a 5 week program. 

Thursday, September 16 – October 14, 4 – 5pm
Memorial-Nottingham Branch

Explore Your Hispanic Roots

Colleen Robledo Greene offers two online sessions focused on tracing your Mexican roots in pursuing your genealogy and family history. Ms. Greene is a librarian, genealogist, historian, and educator who avidly uncovers her family’s Mexican heritage. No experience in genealogy is required and many will find the information presented in these sessions to be helpful in searching family history outside Mexico, as well.

An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

Learn the basics you need to know to get started with key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated. Gather tips on identifying their hometowns in Mexico and where to find records needed to trace your family lines further back in Mexico. If you’re new to researching your Mexican family history or if you’re relatively new to genealogy in general, this overview is for you and you don’t have to speak or read Spanish to be successful at this research.

Wednesday, October 6, 4:30pm

Getting to Know Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records

The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching Mexican ancestors. Church records and civil registrations are often described as the best family history records in the world due to the wealth of genealogical information typically included in these records. Learn how to find and analyze Mexican civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history even if you’re a non-Spanish speaker.

Tuesday, October 19, 4:30pm