Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15


Rare Books Room Showcase
Thursday, September 6 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Juila Ideson Building | Texas Room

The Houston Metropolitan Center will showcase rare, interesting, and unique items from the Rare Books Room/HMRC Vault.  This event will offer exclusive, insider access to materials that are normally restricted for preservation purposes.  This is a rare opportunity for our customers to see, touch, and learn about some of the most precious treasures in our collection. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street.  For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.


The Living Room at HPL
Saturday, September 15| 12 PM
Collier Regional Library

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day featuring traditional dance, live music and Mexican food!


Show & Tell: Stories of Houston’s Mujeres      
Thursday, September 20 | 6 PM - 7:45 PM 
Juila Ideson Building | Meldrum Room & Reynolds Room 

Hispanic women have shaped Houston in significant, and often under-appreciated, ways. Join HMRC to see unique items that reflect the vibrant history of Hispanic women in Houston. This pop-up exhibit is a special opportunity to see, touch, and learn about the Hispanic Archival Collections. A discussion of the items on display will begin promptly at 7 PM. This showcase is a part of a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.


From Shoeboxes to Clouds: Preserving Your Own Digital Archives 
Thursday, September 27 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

We create tons of digital files, and many of them aren’t made for the long-term. But what about those that we do want to keep? How do we ensure they remain accessible over time? Join archivists from HMRC to learn about best practices for caring for your own personal digital archives. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street.  For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662. 


7th Annual LibroFest
Saturday, September 29 |11 AM - 3 PM
Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Houston during Hispanic Heritage Month. Join local organizations, authors and artists for presentations, interactive activities, food, music and much more at this annual fest!


Activities with our Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) during LibroFest!

Book Snake Craft  

Make a Book Snake with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center! A Book Snake is a weight for holding books open. Children and their families will enjoy this fun and easy craft while learning basic techniques for handling books with care. 


Anthropoesia, Writer's Workshop 

Searching  for a story? Find inspiration in the archive! Join us for a writer’s workshop at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and historical documents.  Hear from Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects, as he  shares how a diary, a map, and newspaper clippings inspired his  anthropoesia. 


The Living Room at HPL
Saturday, September 29 | 10:30 AM
Heights Neighborhood Library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about our our community's heritage, with live performances, fun activities, and food!


Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6| 6 PM - 8 PM
HPL Express Discovery Green 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Loteria Night! Questions will relate to Houston Hispanic History and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) Hispanic Archival Collections. Prizes include reproductions of historic images housed at HMRC. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.


Houston: The Poetry of Us 
Saturday, October 6 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Saturday, October 13 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Saturday, October 20 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Saturday, October 27 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Juila Ideson Building | Reynolds Room 

Does Houston have a poetry scene? Share your experience and perspectives at our collecting event for Houston: The Poetry of Us, an oral history project aimed at collecting the voices of Houston poets and perspectives on the history of poetry in the Bayou City. This oral history effort is a collaborative partnership between the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects. Staff will be on-site with recording equipment to film brief interviews with attendees. All participants will receive a copy of their interview. Call 832-393-1662 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins welcome.