PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/14/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091421-3
Subject:
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates Latino Heritage Month
Contact:
Cynthia Bautista
562.570.6645
Cynthia.Bautista@longbeach.gov
Senior Librarian
Long Beach Public Library




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will host its third annual Vida Latina event series in celebration of Latino Heritage Month. This year’s Vida Latina will include in-person and virtual family programs from Saturday, September 18, through Saturday, October 30.

“Programs like Vida Latina at the Long Beach Public Library promote inclusivity and diversity by highlighting the rich culture of Latinos and Spanish-speakers in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are proud to offer this program as a part of our celebration of Latino Heritage Month.”

Vida Latina will feature a variety of programs for all ages, including bilingual storytimes for young children, a Spanish book series for school-age children, Spanish short story readings for teens and adults and a Community Loteria Night for all ages.

“Our library serves an incredibly diverse public, and Latinos make up a large portion of our users here in Long Beach,” said Director of Library Services Glenda Williams. “I’m proud to see library staff providing culturally responsive programs and services in our city in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.”

The six-week long celebration will kick off at 3 p.m. September 18 at the Billie Jean King Main Library with a special Selena-themed storytime with Josue Cuentacuentos. The festivities will conclude October 30 with a Day of the Dead adult craft workshop, also at the main branch. Pre-registration is required for opening and closing events, and space is limited. All in-person events will be first come, first served.

Vida Latina is generously supported by Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. For workshops held in-person at libraries, facial coverings are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance and the City of Long Beach’s Health Orders.

To see the full schedule of Vida Latina programs, visit lbpl.org or call the Long Beach Public Library at 562.570.7500.