source: Newark Public Library

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I came across this information from the Newark Public Library and I would like to extend an invitation for you to enjoy these events that are free to the public.   Celebrate our Latino and Puerto Rican Heritage in the Garden State by supporting your local library and community organizations events.

I gathered this information from their current events website,  more details on the links included that will take you directly to their website for additional information.

Don’t miss their next event which is Meet and greet with Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator and writer of the new superhero La Borinqueña, for a talk about the making of his critically-acclaimed comic book series, followed by a comic book signing.

The Newark Public Library‘s annual Latino Celebration will feature the exhibition Boricuas in the Garden: The Story of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey, on view from September 14 through December 31, 2017, and a series of related programs at the Main Library located at 5 Washington Street.


source: Newark Public Library

These are some of the events that you can still enjoy in the upcoming weeks!


Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Fourth Floor Auditorium, Main Library
5 Washington Street, Newark

Meet Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator and writer of the new superhero La Borinqueña, for a talk about the making of his critically-acclaimed comic book series, followed by a comic book signing. Miranda-Rodríguez has been spotlighted by major media outlets from Telemundo to the New York Times for the creation of this Afro-boricua heroine whose mission is to help the Puerto Rican community unite and fight for social justice. This Nuyorican artist uses his comic to raise awareness about Puerto Rico’s human rights and economic issues. He is also a writer for Marvel Comics, and an independent publisher.


Film Screening The Borinqueneers

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Saturday, October 28
2:00 – 4:30 pm

4th Floor Auditorium

The award-winning documentary The Borinqueneers chronicles the untold story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all Hispanic-unit in U.S. Army history. Rare archival materials and compelling interviews with veterans, commanding officers, and historians bring to life stories of courage, struggle, and triumph. Narrated by Hector Elizondo, The Boriqueneers reveals how soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment served with merit in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Screening introduced by Noemí Figueroa Soulet, producer, director, and writer. Following the screening there will be remarks by local 65th Infantry Regiment veterans, and a Q and A session.


Public Forum: Puerto Rico’s Present Crisis and Political Future

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Saturday, November 4
2:00 – 4:00 pm

4th Floor Auditorium

Billions in debt, a staggering unemployment rate, and a declining population have dominated news coverage of Puerto Rico and caused many to question the island’s governance and stability. But few reports have bothered to examine the deep roots of the current crisis. How did we get here, and how can the Puerto Rican people deal with the country’s immediate problems and long-term economic challenges? Join the conversation at the Newark Public Library as we mark a century of American citizenship for Puerto Ricans.

This public forum will feature keynote speaker Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of Latino Justice–Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). Cartagena will be joined by Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College CUNY [invited]; and other prominent Puerto Rican leaders and scholars. Jason Cortés, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark, will serve as moderator. This forum is co-sponsored by the Friends of HRIC.


Eating Puerto Rico, a cooking demonstration and tasting


Saturday, November 18
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Centennial Hall

Puerto Rican gastronomy is a delicious and aromatic blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean spices and ingredients. Think mofongo, alcapurrias, arroz con gandules, pasteles, tembleque, mallorcas…. Don’t know what these are? Come to the Library and bring your curiosity and appetite.

Chef Kenny Candelaria, owner of the Puerto Rican restaurant Cocina Candela in Montclair, will be demonstrating his own style of “cocina criolla” featuring his signature trifongo and a few other essential Puerto Rican dishes. Candelaria has a passion for fusing traditional ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to create a unique gastronomic statement (and a delicious meal).


For more information about the events, visit the Newark Public Library website

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