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Hispanic Heritage Month - 2022

El Monte City School District is proud to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month! HHM takes place from September 15 - October 15 every year to celebrate the cultural and historical contributions of those from latin community. 
Why is Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15? Well September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.
Resources for local Hispanic Heritage Month activities through LA County Library and the Smithsonian Institute can be found below: 
Create a Mola: Folk Art from Panama (In-Person Program)
Thursday, September 22 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm at the South El Monte Library (1430 Central Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733)
Come to the Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about the intricate layered fabric art called molas which were created by the Indigenous Kuna People of Panama. For ages 6 - 11.
At this program kids will see a variety of molas and learn how to create a mola using their imagination and layered pieces of colorful construction paper. 
Attendance is limited, and advance registration is required. Please register every individual in your party, including kids. This will be used to save your spots in the program. We cannot guarantee availability for any unregistered attendees. 
This event is held in-person. LA County Public Health strongly encourages masks and physical distancing indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be available for customers upon request. Please see the Guidelines for Attendees during the registration process for more information.
Tuesday, September 27, 1 pm
Trust Author Talk with Hernan Diaz
Trust is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end.
Register here: https://visit.lacountylibrary.org/event/7194060
Thursday, October 6, 6 pm
Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk: Celebrating Authentic Cultural Representation 
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, LA County Library and its Chicano Resource Center host a special edition of the Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk Series. This month’s program focuses on Celebrating Authentic Cultural Representation and will feature an illuminating conversation between Library Director Skye Patrick and Annette Chavez Macias, Mexican American author of Big Chicas Don’t Cry and Too Soon for Adiós.
Register here.
Thursday, October 20, 6 pm (In-Person Event)
Generations of Revolutionary Chicano Poetry at the Chicano Resource Center (4837 East 3rd Street, East Los Angeles, CA 90022)
Join us for a special evening as Poet Laureate and famed author of Always Running, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Matt Sedillo, poet and Literary Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, read from their collections of poetry.
Register here.
Make Your Own Talavera Tiles
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about the Talavera tile, a traditional Mexican ceramic art form highly acclaimed for its quality and beauty from Daniel Hernandez, Chicano Resource Center Librarian. Create your own Talavera tile-inspired design with colored pencils or markers and a downloadable printable template. Pick up a kit at participating libraries or download the English instructions and template or Spanish instructions and template. For Adults.

Click link to view various galleries showcasing latin cultural histories, stories, and legacies.