Shreve Memorial Library will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15. The annual observance spans two months and incorporates the Independence Days of several Latin American countries. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized each year to celebrate the contributions, diverse cultures and extensive histories of Hispanic Americans. Shreve Memorial Library will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through books, movies, art, crafts, food and lots of family fun. Events will take place at Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish. All events are free and open to the public.
Book & Movie Events
Throughout the celebration, library branches will highlight the work of Hispanic authors during story time programs, in book discussions, and in interactive book displays. Story time programs for preschool children and their caregivers will be held at several Shreve Memorial Library branches. Each story time program incorporates stories, music, rhyme and play, featuring the works of Hispanic children’s authors. The North Shreveport Branch, located at 4844 N. Market Street, will host a bilingual story time on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m., while Hispanic Heritage Month story time programs at the Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue, will be held on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. The Broadmoor Branch will also host Hispanic Heritage Month story times on Wednesday, September 28 and on Saturday, October 1. Both Broadmoor Branch story times will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the branch located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, 8303 Line Avenue, will wrap up the story time programs on Wednesday, October 5 with a fun, story time program at 10:30 a.m.
Additionally, the North Caddo Branch, located at 615 N. Pine Street in Vivian, will encourage its Homeschoolers Book Club to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading and discussing “İMi Maravillosa Abuela!” The book discussion is designed to spark interest in Spanish language and to educate the club on Hispanic heritage. The book club will meet on Friday, September 23 at 12:00 p.m. The Oil City Branch, located at 102 Allen Street in Oil City, will also spark interest in Hispanic culture and heritage by encouraging all patrons to create a Hispanic Heritage bookmark each day during the celebration. The Oil City Branch is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Movie screenings of films reflecting or inspired by Hispanic heritage, history and culture will be held at numerous Shreve Memorial Library branches. The animated films Encanto and Coco will be shown at several library branches. Encanto will be shown at the Wallette Branch on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. and at the Rodessa Branch, 10093 Main Street in Rodessa, on Tuesday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. Coco will be screened at the West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road, on Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m. and at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, on Friday, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. Additional movie screenings will be held at the David Raines Branch, 2855 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, and at the Mooretown Branch, located at 4360 Hollywood Avenue. The David Raines Branch will show the film Frida Kahlo on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m., while the Mooretown Branch will host viewings of Second Act on Saturday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m. and The Curse of La Llorona on Saturday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Arts & Crafts
Shreve Memorial Library branches will also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic culture through arts and crafts. Library patrons will learn about the work of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957) was a Mexican painter known for his vast frescos and murals. Children will learn about his work as they create their own mural at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, located 2105 Hollywood Avenue, on Monday, October 3 at 4:30 p.m. Also on Monday, October 3, adults at the Broadmoor Branch’s Craft Happens program will learn about the work of Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954), best known for her many portraits and works inspired by nature. Adults will make a die cut portrait surrounded by paper flowers inspired by her work. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Supplies for both programs will be provided.
Patrons will also learn techniques of Amate bark painting, Hojalata (tin) folk art, and mosaic design. Amate bark painting is a Mexican folk art through which brightly colored scenes are painted on bark paper. Adults can learn this technique at the North Shreveport Branch on Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. Registration is required for the class, and those interested can register by calling the North Shreveport Branch at (318) 674-8172. Children may also learn the technique at workshops held at the Broadmoor Branch on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m., and at the Mooretown Branch on Tuesday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m. The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch will hold a Hojalata (tin art) workshop on Thursday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. for children, and teens can learn a new technique to create tile mosaics at the Broadmoor Branch on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Crafts programs will teach participants to make items popular in Hispanic decorations and displays. Patrons will learn how to make papel picado banners, paper flowers, piñatas, maracas and God’s eye crafts. Crafts programs will be held at several library branches. Visitors to the Blanchard Branch, 344 Alexander Avenue in Blanchard, are invited to visit the branch anytime between September 15 and October 15 to make their very own flores de papel (paper flowers). Paper flowers can also be made at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road, on Saturday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m. Library patrons can learn to make papel picado banners at the Belcher-Wyche Branch, located at 409 Charles Street in Belcher, on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m., and at the Wallette Branch on Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. Children and teens are invited to make mini piñatas at Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch Tuesday, September 27, the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch on Tuesday, October 11, and at the Mooretown Branch on Tuesday, October 18. All DIY piñata programs begin at 4:30 p.m. Teens can design their own maracas and make a little music at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch on Monday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. and at the David Raines Branch on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. God’s Eye crafts will be made at the Belcher-Wyche Branch on Tuesday, October 4 and at the Atkins Branch on Wednesday, October 5. Both programs begin at 4:30 p.m.
Food & Fun
Shreve Memorial Library branches will also celebrate Hispanic culture with food and family fun. Library patrons are invited to visit library branches to taste traditional Hispanic cuisine, listen to Latin music, and play games such as Mexican Train Dominoes and Loteria. The Hamilton/South Caddo Branch’s Cookbook Club will meet on Thursday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. Members will share their favorite Hispanic recipes and sample Hispanic-themed dishes. On Tuesday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m., teens at the North Shreveport Branch will learn to make Magdalenas or Spanish cupcakes.
Several library branches will host family fun days where the adults are invited to take part in games of Mexican Train Dominoes and Loteria, sample Hispanic foods or sing along at Latin Karaoke Night. On Wednesday, September 21, patrons at the Rodessa Branch will play Mexican Train Dominoes beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch will host an Adult Game Day on Friday, October 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in which participants will play games of Loteria and dominoes. The David Raines Branch will also host a Hispanic Heritage Celebration featuring games of Mexican Train Dominoes and Loteria, Latin music, hibiscus lemonade and salsa with pico de gallo on Saturday, October 8 starting at 11:00 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations will conclude with a Latin Karaoke Night and Craft Out Wednesday event at the West Shreveport Branch on Wednesday, October 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a Hispanic Heritage Month Family Fun Day at the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.
All programs are free and open to the public. Registration may be required for some programs. Programs dates and times are subject to change.