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Hispanic Heritage Read In Review

October 10, 2009 by willa

On September 24, Lincoln City Libraries and El Centro de las Americas hosted its 3rd annual Hispanic Heritage Read In. This year, the event was held in the Bennett Martin Public Library courtyard. Our readers read poems in Spanish, which then were expertly translated by Brent Meier. The event also included performances by Echo Poetico, a partnership of slam poet Dominique Garay and musician Oscar Rios. Dominque’s expressive, poetic performance combined with the emotive music created by Oscar’s traditional Andean instruments held the audience spellbound. It was lovely to hear poetry drifting through the courtyard on such a gorgeous late summer day. For those of you who missed it, the event will be broadcast on 5 City-TV. Also, a grad student at UNL’s College of Journalism taped the read-In and interviewed several readers. Her piece will soon appear on I hope you can join us in September 2010. If you are interested in reading, please contact Sheila at 441-8546 or s.jacobs@lincolnlibraries.orgI hope you can join us in September 2010. If you are interested in reading, please contact Sheila at 441-8546 or

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Upcoming Event: World Day On The Mall

September 14, 2009 by willa

Join us Thursday, September 17 for World Day on the Mall. This event will take place on Centennial Mall located at 15th and M Streets in front of the State Office Building. The event is designed to honor the contributions of state employees and celebrate the diversity of cultures in Nebraska. Ethnic food, music and entertainment will be in abundance. Presentations about cultural awareness and sensitivity will be given and information about community resources will be available.
The event will last from 10am to 2:30pm, so stop by for lunch or on your break. If you try some yummy food or hear some music you like, click the highlighted number below next to the word “comments” to let us know.
For more information about this event, go to:


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National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 09, 2009 by willa

Bring out the Piñatas and the tres leches; it’s time to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Latin-American citizens. It is a good time to stop and appreciate Hispanic influences in your own life. What with my husband’s virtually exclusive Hispanic heritage, this influence in my life is huge. I eat some form of Mexican food at least three times a week, and often hear Spanish spoken in my home. One of my favorite activities is watching Spanish Language films with my husband. Here are a few of our favorites that you might like to try as well: Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage and Volver (directed by Pedro Almódovar). I am proud to say that Lincoln City Libraries owns all these movies. Oh, and if you only see one Spanish language film this month -see Pan’s Labyrinth.

Follow these links to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage:
To learn about the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month go to:

To learn about Hispanic history and culture and to find teaching resources visit:

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Dancers, Tacos and Novellas

September 02, 2009 by Sheila

As usual, a good time was had by all at the La Festival de las Americas (AKA) The Hispanic festival. The huge stage and abundant seating insured everyone had an excellent view of the performers. Many different dancers and musicians graced the stage, including several bands of children who danced skillfully and looked adorable in their bright colorful costumes.
Sheila and I shared a booth with Larry Williams of Lincoln’s Human Rights Commission. We were promoting our Spanish language materials which are really quite extensive. We now have online homework help available in Spanish as well as children and adult books (including novellas).
It was a beautiful day and many people stopped by to talk to us. We fielded questions about the library and handed out lots of info flyers and “love my library” bags.
We went home feeling fulfilled, both because we had successfully promoted Library Services and because our stomachs were full of festival food. We had papusas, empanadas and some kind of yummy cake with pineapple in it (just to name a few).
Although the Nebraska State Fair is moving to Grand Island, El Festival de las Americas no doubt will be here next year. We hope to see you there!



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Festival de las Americas @ the Nebraska State Fair

August 03, 2009 by Sheila

 Festival de las Americas

Are you attending the Nebraska State Fair this summer? Then why not go on August 30? This is the day that El Centro de las Americas will be hosing the Festival de las Americas on the State Fair Grounds. The annual Festival de las Americas event celebrates Latin American culture with culturally relevant entertainment, food, exhibits and children’s activities. Admission to the Festival is free with Nebraska State Fair gate admission, which costs $8 for adults, $2 for children under the age of 13, and is free for children under the age of 6. Discounted admission tickets are also available from El Centro with proof of income. For more information call El Centro at (402) 474-3950.

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