Dakota County Library will honor the history, culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America during the Hispanic Heritage Celebration from Sept. 15–Oct. 26. Programs designated with an asterisk (*) are sponsored by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Los Alegres Bailadores*
Enjoy a colorful and truly authentic Mexican dance performance and learn about the vibrant arts and cultural traditions of Mexico.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.–noon
Sounds of Rio*
Take a musical journey to Brazil with harmonious styles that originated in Rio de Janeiro and were influenced by American Jazz including the choro, samba and bossa nova. The Modern Spark Trio will highlight the history and evolution of these styles.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Hear Alma Andina, a Minneapolis-based group, perform Andean and Latin American music inspired by a love of folklore and a desire to share the rich cultural heritage of Latin America and the Andes.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7–8 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Spanish-language storytime from instructor Mercedes Hidalgo. Ages: 2–6.
Friday, Oct. 7, 10:30–11 a.m.
The Ofrenda: Art of Remembrance*
Explore the art and traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, by creating your own personal ofrenda — a special place where photos, mementos and other items are displayed in honor of a deceased relative or friend. Bring your own mementos to create a personal project filled with meaning. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6–8 p.m.
South St. Paul
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6–8 p.m.
Day of the Dead Puppet Show*
Learn about the art and cultural significance of the Latino Day of the Dead celebration through storytelling and puppetry. Presented by ArtStart. Ages: 6–12.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.