Hispanic Heritage Month

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States; especially in our #DowntownWPB. We have a robust Hispanic community and it is our diversity that is one of our greatest strengths. Join us as we continue to celebrate the contributions of our incredible Downtown West Palm Beach community. 

Read about the Hispanic-Owned Businesses in Downtown West Palm Beach

Celebrate Hispanic culture, art, dance, music, and food! 
Let’s DANCE the night away!

Mandel Public Library FREE Community Events

“Making the Impossible Possible: The Story of Puerto Rican Studies in Brooklyn College”
Thursday, September 30
 | 7 – 8 p.m.
Auditorium (3rd Floor), Zoom

This 33-minute documentary tells the story of how Puerto Rican, African American, and Jewish students at Brooklyn College in the 1960s fought to establish the first Puerto Rican Studies program in the country. Filmmakers Tami Gold and Pam Sporn will join us live via Zoom to discuss the making of the film and the importance of ethnic studies, which is currently at risk. Registration is required to watch the film in person at the library, but not for viewing through Zoom. To view: Click Here

Sunshine and Stories Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Fridays, October 1 & 15 | 10 – 10:45 a.m.
City Center Courtyard

Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with bilingual story time! Families with children up to age 5 are invited to join our librarians for music and movement, songs, rhymes, art, and of course, great books in Spanish and English. Children will receive a take home arts and crafts kit. One registration per family (not per child) is required as space is limited. In the event of inclement weather, registrants will be notified of any cancelations via email by 9 a.m. the day of the event. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blanket or seating for story time.

Spray Paint Sugar Skulls
October 5, 2021 | 12 – 2 p.m.
Studio 411 (2nd Floor)

Join Lake Worth Arts artist and Hatch 1121 Gallery Coordinator Jose Mendez and create unique, spray painted sugar skulls! These calaveras will be the perfect way to celebrate both Hispanic Heritage Month and Día de los Muertos.  All supplies are provided. Registration is required and opens one week prior to the event.

Traditional Mexican Dance Performance: Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization
Sunday, October 10 | 3 – 4 p.m.
Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Ameyal is the Nahuatl word for “spring water.” The Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization (AMCO) believes that our roots and traditions, regardless of place of origin, belong to the vast ocean that is the human spirit. In this regard, AMCO will offer a program of traditional Mexican dance and music in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Registration is required.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Create Amate Art Grab & Go Kit
Release Date: October 12
Grades K-5

Kids can celebrate Hispanic heritage by exploring amate tree bark painting.  Amate is a form of bark paper that has been manufactured in Mesoamerica since pre-Spanish times. A QR code will be enclosed that links to a recording of Children’s Librarian Ms. Jeanne’s presentation of the book Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Quantities are limited and holds will be filled on a first come, first served basis in accordance with supply availability. 

For information, please visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call (561)868-7701.