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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Cleveland Public Library hosts family friendly events

Sample an assortment of Hispanic crafts and dance at Cleveland library branches during September and October

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Oct. 14, 2020.

The Cleveland Public Library is offering a variety of fun Hispanic Heritage Month events that the whole family can enjoy. Events include take-and-make crafts and dancing sessions. All activities are free, but registration is required. The events will take place at different branch locations.

At the Carnegie West branch, parents can pick up a craft that their children can make at home. You can pick up supplies, while they last, on Monday, Sept. 13 from 4-5 p.m. The same event is also offered at the Memorial Nottingham branch on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 4 -5 p.m. The craft that families will make is a Mexican God's Eye (Ojo de Dios,) which is a symbol that God watches over and protects you.

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The Mexican’s God eye is not the only arts and craft project the library is presenting during Hispanic Heritage Month. Families can also learn how to make Hojolata Tin Art. This type of art also originates from Mexico. Through this craft, artists create both practical and ornate colorful objects. The event is happening on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Walz Branch from 4-5 p.m.

The Memorial Nottingham branch will offer a five-week dance class for kids beginning on Thursday, Sept.16 from 4-5 p.m. Children will learn a few Spanish dances along with a slice of Hispanic history. 

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"As the People's University, everyone is welcome at Cleveland Public Library. We believe the best way to understand each other is to experience other cultures," said Twyla Turner, Director of Inclusion & Leadership Education. "During Hispanic Heritage Month, we will highlight Hispanic traditions and contributions through fun and educational programs. Our diverse programming will create a space for Clevelanders to learn, honor and support the Hispanic community."

For a full list of all the events offered at the Cleveland Public Library click HERE.

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