Morley Library and partners host Hispanic Heritage Festival
Danza Azteca Guadalupana dance troupe performs at the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Morley Library.
On October 9, 2021, Morley Library teamed up with the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hispanic Health and 23 other area organizations and businesses to present a free family festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year.
Over 300 people attended the event, which was held outdoors in the Lake County Job & Family Services lot adjacent to the library. Attendees visited bilingual information booths staffed by area nonprofits. Students from local colleges and high schools provided volunteer assistance with face painting, bubbles, and arts and crafts activities for families.
A taco truck and ice cream cart offered delicious dining options, while attendees saw a fashion show of traditional dress of Latin America as well as traditional dances in colorful dress.
Morley Library bilingual children’s services specialist Andi Valverde-Heras said, “It was wonderful to see how the festival brought families together to experience the exciting diversity of culture and people that exists in our community. It also gave local organizations a space to share information and resources they provide in both Spanish and English. Some of our local businesses and talents were also highlighted. Tacos were eaten, bubbles were chased, crafts were made, performances were enjoyed, and a good time was had by all.”
Morley Library, located at 184 Phelps St. in Painesville, serves Concord Township, Grand River, Leroy, Painesville City, and Painesville Township. For more information visit www.morleylibrary.org.