Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 at MCPL!

Join us at the branches and virtually to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this September and October! This year’s theme is “Prosperity, Power, and Progress‘, recognizing significant achievements of the Hispanic community. Check individual event listings for details, and registration link where that’s required.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Thursday, September 14:

Art at the Library: Carmen Herrera at Gaithersburg

Join us as we learn about Cuban-born American artist Carmen Herrera, an abstract, minimalist visual artist and painter. We’ll then create our own work of art inspired by her bold colors and geometric shapes!

For Grades Kindergarten-5th. Parents/caregivers MUST accompany children under the age of 12 during the program.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

Tuesday, September 19:

My First Book Club: Eseme’s Birthday Conga Line at Gaithersburg

Together we’ll read Esme’s Birthday Conga Line followed by a literary activity and fun craft! You do not need to read the book before the program. For Grades Kindergarten-1st. Children attending an MCPL program under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, September 23:

Paper Molas: Panamanian Art – @Twinbrook Library

Create beautiful paper molas inspired by traditional handmade designs from Panama clothing. Materials will be provided.

Recommended age: 4 to 12. Parents/caregivers must accompany children under the age of 12 during the program.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Library

Cantaré – Songs and Rhythms of Latin America at Chevy Chase

A highly interactive Hispanic Heritage Month bilingual performance for the whole family. Sing, play percussion and dance to some Latin rhythms. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program.

Location: Chevy Chase Library Meeting Room (lower level)

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library.

Questions about this program? Contact the branch at 240-773-9590.

Tuesday, September 26


Marilyn J. Praisner Teen Book Club – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Join us for a discussion of Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. This program is for teens ages 13-17. Snacks will be provided!

Copies of Clap When You Land will be available beginning August 22, 2023.

Clap When You Land is available as an eBook and eAudiobook on Libby and Hoopla. 
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“In this sharp and compelling verse novel (a 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book honoree), sixteen-year-old Camino Rios lives in the Dominican Republic and dreams of medical school. Sixteen-year-old Yahaira Rios is a native New Yorker who plays competitive chess. Although the two girls share a last name, they are strangers. But after flight 1112 from New York City to the Dominican Republic crashes with the man they each called Papi on board, Camino and Yahaira learn of each others existence. In two distinct voices, Acevedo (The Poet X, rev. 3/18; With the Fire on High, rev. 5/19) explores the rich inner lives of the sudden half-sisters as they grapple with their complicated feelings about their father and the secrets he kept. Yahaira narrates in stirring non-rhyming couplets; Camino in intense three-line stanzas. Moving toward their inevitable meeting, Yahaira feels like a spool of thread / thats been dropped to the ground…rolling undone / from the truth of this thing, while Camino wonders, If I find her / would I find a breathing piece / of myself I had not known / was missing? An authors note further explains the title of and inspiration for the novel, which was influenced by the tragic crash of flight AA587 out of New York that killed more than 260 people, most of them of Dominican descent, shortly after September 11, 2001.” — Horn Book Magazine

Questions about this program? Contact the branch 240-773-9460.

Friday, September 29:


Bilingual Storytime at Mariyln J. Praisner – English and Spanish

Please join us for a bilingual storytime just right for the family. Stories in English and Spanish songs and rhymes, too!

These 25-30-minute programs are designed to delight children of all ages and are filled with diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination. These programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning and introduce them to the culture of reading.  

After storytime, stay and play with us! Educational toys will be available.

Questions about this program? Contact the branch 240-773-9460

Saturday, September 30:

Bilingual Family Storytime at Germantown – In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual storytime just right for all!

Sunday, October 8:

Music from Colombia – DeSanguashington performs for Latino Heritage Month! at Wheaton Library
Drop in between 2 pm and 4 pm to paint a colorful one-of-a-kind piece of art in the style of Mexican amate paintings.

This list will be updated as events are added.