CONTACT: Victoria Villarreal 
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SAN ANTONIO (September 9, 2022) — San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a lineup of unique events to honor the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities. Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15 through October 15, and SAPL programs celebrating the observance  begin on Monday, September 12. Programs will feature film screenings, cooking classes, author events, and more. The selection of programs, events, activities, books and other items aims to encourage San Antonians to not only celebrate these rich and diverse cultures for a month out of the year but to recognize and connect with the deep roots of Hispanic and Latino culture within our city year-round. For a full list of Hispanic Heritage Month events at SAPL, visit guides.mysapl.org/hhm
 
For information on library services, visit https://www.mysapl.org. Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500 or by chat at ask.mysapl.org.   
 
Hispanic Heritage Month at SAPL 
 
Teen Time @ Johnston: Cooking Around the World 
Johnston Library – 6307 Sun Valley, 78227 
Monday, September 12, 5 – 6 p.m. 
This program of food and culture classes with recipes from around the world is a hands-on cooking experience for teens. Teens only 13yrs-18yrs. 
 
Monday Night Lights, Camera, Action! 
Las Palmas Library – 515 Castroville Rd., 78237 
Monday, September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Join us for Movie Night at Las Palmas Branch Library! We’ll be screening: “Stand and Deliver” [PG], the story of Jamie Escalante – a math teacher at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, who pushes and inspires 18 inner-city Hispanic students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes. 
 
Miraflores: The Legacy of Dr. Aureliano Urrutia with Anne Elise Urrutia 
Central Library – 600 Soledad St., 78205  
Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician from Mexico City immigrated to San Antonio in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution. He built his atmospheric garden, called Miraflores, near the headwaters of the San Antonio River, to reflect his love for and memory of his homeland. In “Miraflores,” Anne Elise Urrutia, the great-granddaughter of Urrutia, uncovers the garden’s history, drawing on family archives and other 
primary sources to reveal this remarkable story. 
 
“Accordionly” Children’s Author Talk 
Potranco Library – 8765 State Hwy. 151, #102, 78245 & Online* 
Saturday, September 17, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Join us for a virtual appearance by children’s author Michael Genhart, author of “Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music.” In addition to enjoying the virtual author presentation, in-person attendees will also have the opportunity to watch an accordion performance by Nicolas Valdez, receive a Take-and-Make accordion craft, and participate in a mural creation with San Antonio Visual Artist Colton Valentine, voted San Antonio Current’s Best Visual Artist. Online attendees will be able to listen to the author talk and visit their local branch to pick up the Take-and-Make accordion craft. 
 
*(Registration required for online participation. Register here
 
Xavier Garza: “The Great and Mighty Nikko” 
Bazan Library – 2200 W. Commerce St., 78207  
Sunday, September 18, 2 – 3 p.m. 
Award-winning children’s author Xavier Garza will read from his book “The Great and Mighty Nikko.” Children will have the opportunity to make a luchador mask of their own after the reading. 
 
Adult Craft: Alebrijes 

Great Northwest Library – 9050 Wellwood, 78250  
Monday, September 19, 5 p.m. 
A twist on the classic Mexican folk art. We will be using foil and masking tape to make these colorful fantastical sculptures. 
 
Monday Night Lights, Camera, Action! 
Las Palmas Library – 515 Castroville Rd., 78237  
Monday, September 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm 
Join us for Movie Night at the Las Palmas Library! 
We’ll be screening: Selena [PG], the story of the Grammy Award-winning singer whose life tragically ended just as she was reaching her dreams. 
 
Raza Cósmica 
Central Library – 600 Soledad St., 78205  
Saturday, October 1, 2 – 4 p.m. 
Activist/Musician Joaquín Muerte will host a live episode of his original podcast, “Xicanx Versus Aliens,” an exploration of “all things UFO, cryptozoology, paranormal, occult y mas from a person of color perspective.” Actors Jesse Borrego and Désirée K. Segura join Muerte to discuss Latinx sci-fi cinema. Followed by a curated selection of cosmic infused short films. 
 
“Hyper-Reality” 
Keiichi Matsuda, 2016, Colombia, 6 min 
Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and Medellín is saturated in media. 
 
“In Search of Aliens” 
Susan Aparicio, 2021, USA, 13 min 
In Search of Aliens is a collaboration across time between daughter and father in finding a connection within the greater universe and each other. 
 
“Yoshua” 
Matthew Castellanos, 2017, USA 20 min 
A group of outcast teens must flee their hometown of South Central, Los Angeles in 
order to protect their blue alien friend from a ban against his kind. 
 
“Luminous” 
Than Niles, 2020, USA, 11 min 
In Luminous, a restless security guard, Lou, is forced to decide between his job at the 
research facility and the fate of humanity when he is confronted by the mysterious Dr. 
Sharp and the truth of what he is guarding. 
 
“Nuevo Rico” 
Kristian Mercado, 2021, USA/Puerto Rico, 16 min 
A brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and 
propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame 
comes at a deep price. 
 
Bexar County Spanish Archives and Family History Research 

Central Library – 600 Soledad St., 78205  
Saturday, October 8, 2 – 3 p.m. 
David Carlson will provide an overview of the Bexar County Spanish Archives, which, in addition to serving as the repository for the Spanish-language records of Bexar County’s early history, also provide research assistance in family history. For genealogists just getting started, or more seasoned researchers facing a “brick wall,” a visit to the Spanish Archives might offer a guide on where to turn next. 

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