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Library announces programs for Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
Press Release September 5, 2002

The Newark Public Library announced its schedule of free programs for its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The programs, which run from September 19 to October 12, will be held in Centennial Hall of the main library, 5 Washington Street. They cover a variety of topics—dance, literature, music, art and stamp collecting—and a special exhibition of Latino graphic art in partnership with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 

A reception on September 19 will formally open the celebration. The keynote speakers for the evening will be Laurie Collyer (director), Katy Chevigny (producer) and Julia Pilsner (producer) of Nuyorican Dream, a documentary film of a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx that battles on a daily basis drugs, the prison industry and a host of illnesses and social obstacles. In addition to speaking, they will show a clip of the film. The musical group Eco Del Sur will be featured during the evening’s festivities. 

The exhibition is entitled UMDNJ and The Newark Public Library Celebrate Latino Graphic Art. It will be on display from September 27 through October 31, 2002, in the Gallery at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical Science Building, B-Level Grand Foyer, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark. It will be on view to the public Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

 Following is the complete list of the library’s "Hispanic Heritage Month" programming. For more information about these free programs, patrons are invited to call the library’s Sala Hispanoamericana at (973) 733-7772, or they may visit the library’s home page at www.npl.org.

Exhibition
UMDNJ and The Newark Public Library Celebrate Latino Graphic Art

Gallery at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical Science Building, B-Level Grand Foyer, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark. September 27 to October 31. Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Thursday, September 19, 2002 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception Keynote speakers: Laurie Collyer (director), Katy Chevigny, Julia Pilsner (producers) of documentary film Nuyorican Dream; a film clip will be shown. The musical group Eco Del Sur will be featured during the evening’s festivities.

Saturday, September 21, 2002 2:00 p.m.
Hispanics On Stamps Hispanic contributions to the history and culture of the Unites States, and to Central and South America as well, date back to pre-colonial times. In recognition of this heritage, the United States has portrayed a number of Hispanic persons and events on its postage stamps. Join the United States Postal Service as they present Hispanic history through the postage stamp.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002 6:00 p.m.
Book Signing/Lecture Author Arlene Davila presents her book Latinos, Inc. The Making and Marketing of a People. The book is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the emergence of "Hispanics" in American life. 

Thursday, October 3, 2002 6:00 p.m.
Book Signing/Lecture Author Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco presents his book Latinos Remaking America. Latinos take an important step toward carving out a field for empirical and theoretical specification. This book breaks new ground as it presents this group’s multiple experiences.

Saturday, October 5, 2002 2:00 p.m.
One Woman Show: Nude In New York--Jonisha Rios received rave reviews in New York for this show that has a message for everyone. Join Jonisha on a journey that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even inspire you to let your light shine.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 6:00 p.m.
Dance Program Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company is one of the leading Spanish dance companies in the United States. In its work the company combines the diverse cultures that inhabited Spain for centuries and influenced flamenco: Spanish, Judaic, Arabic, and Gypsy. The Company uses flamenco to tell "dance stories, " which deal with universal themes. Join them as they present a workshop featuring a special performance presentation. 

Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:00 a.m.
Teen Read Newark Author Victor Rodriguez will present an open discussion with teens and young adults on his book Eldorado in East Harlem, a novel focusing on Rene, all of seventeen and streetwise, who is about to give up on the American Dream. Petty crimes, running drugs and ghetto adventures bring him and his gang closer to an illusory Eldorado. 

Saturday, October 12, 2002 2:00 p.m.
Music Program Latin Pulse Productions presents noted Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca in a festival and history of Hispanic music. Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Bomba y Plena and much more will come to life with local musicians. Bring your dancing shoes and have a great time.

 

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