Mon, July 15 at 8am – 

Due to the excessive rain:

  • Sunset Woods Park and Sunset Valley Golf Club are closed.
  • Portions of the paths at The Preserve of Highland Park and Larry Fink Park are flooded.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 8, 2023

From September 15 to October 15, we honor and celebrate the rich cultural tapestry, traditions, and contributions of Hispanic communities. This is a time to recognize the resilience, creativity, and diversity that have shaped our nation’s history and continue to enrich our lives today.

In partnership with the Highland Park Public Library, join us in the celebrations by exploring Hispanic art, music, cuisine, literature, and history.

Mariachi Sirenas

Saturday, September 9 | 11am-noon

Join us as we host Mariachi Sirenas, Chicago’s first all-women mariachi band. This popular mariachi band started performing in 2017 and has performed in many music festivals across the Midwest and had TV appearances on WGN DayTime Chicago and ABC 7 News. The group holds great pride in being part of the community of strong women working together to promote the folkloric arts of Mexico and Latin America.

Location: Adult Services Room at the Highland Park Public Library

Cookin’ with Books: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 12 | 7-8pm

Join us in the Library for this month’s Cookin’ With Books program! Try cookin’ something from a different cookbook, then join us to talk about the results. Even if you haven’t read a cooking book, join in to talk about food! Hola, food lovers! Browse our cookbook collection in the Library or Hoopla and select one that honors the contributions and influence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in our cuisine. From tamales to pupusas; rice with chicken, coconut or beans; dulce de leche, arequipe o cajeta… all brings not only great flavors but also fond memories!

Location: Meeting Room 8 at the Highland Park Public Library

El Mago: A Bilingual Magic Show

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30-7:30pm

Enjoy the magical feats of El Mago in this family-friendly show. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Location: Auditorium at the Highland Park Public Library

Folkloric Dancing

Sunday, September 24 | 2-4pm

Enjoy watching the Ave Maria Dance Ministry group and dance to Traditional Mexican Folklore Music.  Stay afterward to learn a few steps or two.

All ages. Pre-registration is required for this free event.

Location: West Ridge Center

Talaveras Craft (Ages 8-14)

Monday, September 25 | 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, September 27 | 3:30-5:30pm
Friday, September 30 | 3:30-5:30pm

Decorate the Library for Hispanic Heritage Month! Create a colorful square based on Mexican talavera tiles. We’ll display your masterpiece!


Sunday, October 8 | 1-3pm

Have fun learning new words while you play Loteria, Mexican bingo.  Winners will receive a goodie bag filled with Mexican sweet treats!

All ages. Pre-registration is required for this free event.

Location: Heller Nature Center

Mexican Sugar Skulls

Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30-8pm

Honor Hispanic Heritage Month and practice your art skills by decorating a Mexican sugar skull.

Location: Lower Level Meeting Room at the Highland Park Public Library

Coffee with a Scent of Books! Lo Que Yo Vi by Laura Esquivel

Thursday, October 12 | 6:30-8pm

Join us with a delicious coffee, tea, and cookies to discuss the book What I saw by Laura Esquivel. If you didn’t get to read the book, join in sharing what you’ve seen throughout your life. This program is in Spanish only. Find it in the Library or as an audiobook: From the house where she was born, the street games during her childhood, the music that has served as the soundtrack of her life to the social movements and the terrorist attack against the Twin Towers —which she had to witness—Laura Esquivel, the Mexican author most widely read in the world, teaches us through a colorful mosaic of writings what his eyes saw, the things he has witnessed in his 72 years of life. — Goodreads

Location: Lower Level Meeting Room at the Highland Park Public Library

Huguito Gutierrez: Music of the Andes

Saturday, October 14 | 2-3pm

Join us for an afternoon full of music from the Andean Region of South America. Huguito Gutierrez is a musician, author, composer, and inventor. He plays wind and string music instruments from the Andes region. He has recorded over a dozen music albums and his performance career has taken him to prestigious venues across Argentina, Chile, France, and the United States.

Location: Auditorium at the Highland Park Public Library

Hispanic Folktales & Churros

Saturday, October 14 | 6-7:30pm

Join us around the campfire, as we listen to folktales about the mischievous coyote and make campfire churros.

Pre-registration is required. Children under two are free and do not need to be registered.

Location: Heller Nature Center