Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, y la Biblioteca quiere celebrar contigo!

If you don’t speak Spanish, we just told you, “It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Library wants to celebrate with you!”

We’re here to share some great books, resources and programs for children to help you celebrate.¡ Celebremos!

One great resource the Library offers is Mango languages. This is a free, online language-learning software that supports 70 languages, including Spanish, of course! The resource contains lessons and a translator, voice comparisons and foreign language films. Check it out now!

One of our favorite books to share is Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina. Mia’s abuela, or grandmother, comes to live with her family, and Mia soon realizes her abuela doesn’t understand the words written in her favorite book. Soon, Abuela and Mia are sharing their languages (English and Spanish) with each other. This book has lovely illustrations and is a fun way to teach children Spanish. This book was also a Pura Belpré Honor Book for illustrator and author. The highly coveted Pura Belpré award is given to a Latino or Latina author or illustrator who best represents Latino culture in children’s fiction.

Another favorite book, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers is Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. A man brings his two burros (donkeys), Alfa and Beto, to a small village in Colombia and the children are in for a surprise because Alfa and Beto are carrying books to read! A villager, Ana, is so excited and inspired she writes a book of her own. Brown was inspired by real-life librarian Luis Soriano. The book also has a glossary of Spanish terms, great for sharing with children.

Many of our branches offer special programs for Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Adults can learn about Latino food culture and history at the Matthews branch and Latin American and Spanish dancing at the Independence branch. Children can also listen to stories and participate in hands-on activities participate at the Matthews branch and the Mountain Island branch. Be sure to check if registration is required for these events.

The University City Regional branch offers a special Storytime called Stories in Two LanguagesEvery other Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., the University City branch offers a Spanish and English Storytime with books, movement activities, rhymes and more. These Storytimes begin Oct. 2. If you can’t make a Storytime, be sure to check out our Digital Library, where we share stories read in Spanish.

Check out our Library webpage for more resources and materials to help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to check our website for other Spanish-language programs. We offer Spanish conversation clubs, ESL tutoring and more at various branches. Staff at all 20 branches can help you find more information as well. ¡Celebremos!