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News & Announcements

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with San Antonio Public Library

Patrons can pick up Take & Make Kits or participate in virtual programs and events from September 15 to October 15

SAN ANTONIO (September 15, 2020) – San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is celebrating the contributions, heritage, and culture of Hispanic Americans from September 15 through October 15. SAPL will host a variety of virtual events and programs to honor the month-long observance. Additionally, all SAPL locations will be distributing Take & Make Kits on a first-come, first-served basis from September 15 to October 15 during Contact-Free Pickup hours. For a full list of Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit

All Hispanic Heritage Month events will take place online: 

Noon-Time Cooking Classes 

  • Deconstructed Jalapeños

    Thursday, September 17 | 12 – 1 p.m. 

    Register at or here. 

    Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month as San Antonio Public Library's Virtual Kitchen heats up with deconstructed jalapeños! Learn ways to breakdown jalapeños to add to jams/jellies and other dishes as we celebrate cultural cooking.  

  • Meat Tacos

    Thursday, September 24 | 12 – 1 P.M. 

    Register at or here. 

    Step into San Antonio Public Library's Virtual Kitchen just-in-time for meat tacos! Tacos from breakfast to dinner are always timely, especially during Hispanic Heritage Month. Stayed tuned for next week's program featuring veggie tacos on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at noon. 

  • VeggieTacos with Chef Rebel

    Thursday, October 1 | 12 – 1PM 

    Register at or here. 

    It’s veggie taco time in San Antonio Public Library's Virtual Kitchen with Rebel Mariposa founder, chef and owner of La Botanica, a successful vegan restaurant and queer-friendly venue in a historically Latinx neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas. 

  • Hispanic Heritage Cooking

Thursday, October 8 & 15 | 12 – 1 p.m. 

Register at or here for Oct. 8 and here for Oct. 15. 

Another noon-time helping of Hispanic Heritage cooking! Discover what's happening in San Antonio Public Library's Virtual Kitchen. There are always cooking surprises in store! 

All Around Us Author and Illustrator Presentation 

Saturday, September 19 | 10 – 10:30 a.m. 

Register at or here. 

Join Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia for a special read aloud and discussion of All Around Us, their award-winning picture book that features San Antonio. This story, which celebrates Latinx/Indigenous culture, will help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Online program access information will be emailed to registered attendees. Registration is required. 

Voces Cósmicas presents “Sueños 

Saturday, October 10 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. 

Register at or here. 

Voces Cósmicas presents “Sueños”. Voces Cósmicas explores the poetic experiences of cosmic dreams. Poets include: Jacinto Jesus Cardona, Ed Cody, Fernando Esteban Flores, Alicia Zavala Galvan, Suzanne Green, Carlos Loera, Susana Nevarez-Marquez, Michele Nalls, Liz Vera. 

Nicho Box Take & Make Kit 

September 15 – October 15 

All SAPL Locations 

Pick up a Nicho Take and Make Kit from any library location beginning September 15th! Available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. 

What is a Nicho Box? 

Tuesday, September 29 | 3-4 PM 

Register here. 

Event is limited to 50 participants, ages 60+. 

Join the Latino Collection and Resource Center at San Antonio Public Library in creating a nicho craft. Nichos, also known as retablos, are a type of folk art popular throughout Latin America. They are often devotional, but also quirky and include images of pop culture figures. Within the box, there is a central figure or object for whose honor the nicho has been created. Who will you honor? This special Senior Planet San Antonio event will be co-hosted with Emma Hernandez, Program Manager, of Latino Collection & Resource Center at the San Antonio Public Library. 

Community Collaborative Zine: “Altar-ing: A Latinx Memoir Workshop Series” 

Available for free online download! 

Link to zine: 

This community collaborative digital zine is the culmination of three writing workshops titled Altar-ing: A Latinx Memoir Workshop Series with Bonnie Cisneros.  Participants excavated family histories, dreams, recipes, biographies and more to compose their own autohistoria-teoria, or autoethnography, in the form of multi-media altars. This zine is available for free, digital download courtesy of San Antonio Public Library's Latino Collection and Resource Center. 

Day of the Dead Exhibition Virtual Tour with 

the National Museum of Mexican Art 

Saturday, October 10 | 2-3 PM 

Register by Thursday, October 8 at  

Join a virtual docent-led tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art's Día de Muertos exhibit. This year's exhibition, 'Solo un poco aquí' pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from our community, Mexico, the U.S. and the entire world that have died from COVID-19. 

The National Museum of Mexican Art, located in Chicago, Illinois, stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States. They are home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 9,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present. 

As the only Latino museum accredited by American Alliance of Museums, NMMA recognizes their unique responsibility to present exhibitions of artistic and cultural value and to deliver high-quality education that demonstrates the breadth and depth of Mexican art, culture and history. 




The San Antonio Public Library: changing lives through the power of information, imagination, and ideas.   

For more than 110 years, the award-winning San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), has been a vital center for free learning, knowledge, communication, culture and enjoyment within the City of San Antonio and for all Bexar County residents. The Library system is comprised of a world-class Central Library, 28 branch libraries and a library outlet at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Collections include an extensive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music as well as physical items such as printed books and DVDs. All locations are hubs for Wi-Fi broadband access and provide access to computers and other digital technology. In addition, Central Library and branches offer programs to serve the needs and interests of the community, including programs for all ages that support early childhood literacy, education, culture and economic development. For more information, visit Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @mysapl.  

San Antonio: America’s 21st Century City  

San Antonio is a global city with a dynamic economy and workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse communities that are resilient and welcoming. It is one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country, nurturing entrepreneurship, encouraging investment and funding infrastructure. America’s seventh-largest city offers a vibrant business climate and growth opportunities in bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare. In 2015, UNESCO designated San Antonio’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site – the first in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active duty military, veterans and crucial military commands. For more information, visit 
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