2021 Latino Celebration @ the Newark Public Library - Newark Public Library

2021 Latino Celebration @ the Newark Public Library


The Library and the Latino Community: Celebrating 40 Years of Partnership!

The Newark Library has been welcoming and serving Latinos and celebrating their numerous contributions and vibrant culture for decades. In the late 70s, responding to the growing Latino population in NJ, the library began actively recruiting Latino librarians, creating new services in Spanish and launching extensive outreach programs. Over the years it developed the largest collection of Spanish language materials in the state, created a Latino division and historical archive, and has offered hundreds of free public programs and exhibits that explored and celebrated the rich history and diverse cultures of Latin America and Spain while examining the ways the Latino diaspora has influenced and changed the US.  

Today, close to 21% of New Jersey’s population identifies as Latino/Latinx. The state has multiple municipalities with Latino-majority populations. The northern part of Hudson County has been nicknamed Havana on the Hudson; Paterson is home to Little Lima, the largest Peruvian enclave outside of South America; and one-third of Newark’s population, the state’s largest city, is Latino. Many Latinos have been elected to public office, at both the state and local levels, and are excelling in business, the arts, sports, literature and many other areas.

Join us this fall as we celebrate 40+ years of Latino services, arts and culture at the Library and examine the evolution of New Jersey’s Latino community.        

Invitation to submit anecdotes and/or recordings

This fall we’re celebrating more than 40 years of serving the Latino community along with exhibits and cultural programs about and for the State’s Latino communities.
You’re invited to contribute to this year’s celebration by sharing your memories and thoughts about our services, programs and/or memorable items to display.
You could answer any or all of these questions or contact, NJHRIC Director, Yesenia López to arrange a recording of your responses.

Click here to view & fill the form: In English | en español


Opening Reception

9/15/21 (6pm-8pm) – Centennial Hall

Launch of the 2021 Latino Celebration at the Library.  Keynote speaker;  Juan González, nationally known Latino journalist, social activist, public intellectual, and author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.  Reception, musical performances, tours of the exhibit.

Rhythm & Movement: Latino Music Festival

9/25/21 & 10/2/21 (1pm-3pm) – Centennial Hall

Join us for a 2-days of music and dances from the Caribbean and Latin America.  You’ll also get to learn some new moves with basic Salsa and Bachata lessons.

Abriendo camino: First Generation Latino College Students

10/14/21 (6pm-8pm) – Centennial Hall

First generation Latino college students from the 60s through the 2010s discuss their experiences, challenges and accomplishments.  Followed by Q & A session. 

Piñatas, Maracas & Fun: Latino Arts & Crafts Festival for Kids

10/30/21 (1pm-3pm) – Centennial Hall

A “don’t miss” event for the whole family. Try your hand at many fun Latin American crafts.

Café con Letras:  Literature, Art and Laughter

10/20/21 & 10/21/21 (6pm-8pm) – Centennial Hall  

A free-wheeling evening with local Latino authors and artists reading from their works, performing, or sharing their artistic creations hosted by comedian Jenny Saldaña

Newark Latino Film Festival

11/6/21 (1pm-3pm) – Centennial Hall

Screening of short films by NJ-NY Latino filmmakers.  Followed by Q&A.

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

Author Event with María Hinojosa

10/23/21 (1pm-3pm) Centennial Hall

Join us for a conversation with award-winning journalist and author, María Hinojosa as she reads and discusses her latest book, Once I Was You, a powerful memoir which weaves together political history and her family’s journey from Mexico to the South Side of Chicago, and reveals Hinojosa’s personal journey as an immigrant, a survivor, a feminist, and a Latina journalist who truly owns her voice.