Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at ICPL

by on September 25th, 2012

Film for Teens & Adults: A Better Life
A Better Life (2011) Directed by Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon) and starring Demián Bichir, and José Julián.
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Meeting Room A
Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant who works as a gardener in in LA and is raising his 15 year old son alone. He keeps a low profile, works hard and holds traditional values. His son Luis has grown up in LA, and is tempted by the gang lifestyle, but Carlos will do whatever he can to keep Luis from the gangs and give him the opportunities that he never had.
For more information, contact: 319-356-5200; bfisher@icpl.org. This event is open to the public.
This film is shown in conjunction with the 14th Annual Iowa Latino Conference, October 11-13 co sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work and the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment and the Iowa City Public Library.

Spanish Book Club: Yo soy la Hija de Mi Padre
Everyone is welcome to join the Spanish Book Club. This month’s selection is author Maria Elena Salinas’ “Yo soy la Hija de Mi Padre.” The book club will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, October 19, in Meeting Room B at the Iowa City Public Library.
For more information, contact Kara Logsden at 319-887-6007 or Karla Alvarez at karla-alvarez@uiowa.edu.

Events for Children

Bilingual Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Storytime Room: Nicole Upchurch as Dame Cinco will delight preschoolers with tales and banjo playing.
Bilingual Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Storytime Room: Ana Fernandez, a University of Iowa instructor from Spain, will share stories and fun activities during Family Storytime.
Shadow Puppet Show: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Meeting Room A: El Dia de los Muertos with Deanne Wortman. According to tradition, families welcome ancestors on this holiday. Music and a craft planned for children.
Part of the 14th Annual Latino Conference sponsored by University of Iowa’s Center for Diversity & Enrichment, School of Social Work, ACT, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~socialwk/latinoconf/.

Popo’s Puppet Festival
Lights, camera, action! On Saturday, Oct. 27, Popo’s Puppet Festival proudly presents three shows, all with an international flair. Celebrating more than 20 years of happy puppetry at the ICPL, this year’s performances (all in Meeting Room A) include “Stories and Cuentos” from Mexico, “The Rabbit and the Moon” and “The Musical Ant,” a collaboration with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company’s Monica Leo and Mexican artist Eli Portugal from 10:15-11:15 a.m. The Library’s own Kidspectacular youth puppetry and drama troupe then presents “Hershel and the Goblins” based on the Ukrainian tale by Eric Kimmel with a parade of goofy ghouls from 11:30 a.m.-noon. “Popo’s Spooky Fun” with Deanne Wortman and Dave Panther will then perform from 12:15-12:45 p.m. It’s laugh-out-loud fun with crazy frogs in Popo’s basement and silly Popo trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween. Make-and-take puppet crafts and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

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