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by Kyna Moser on 2020-09-08T08:59:00-07:00 in Diversity | Comments

Medford, Oregon (September 8, 2020)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) is proud to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month this September 15–October 15. All are invited to participate in events and explore books, movies, and local resources that celebrate Hispanic and Latinx cultures.

Each JCLS branch will feature displays of Latinx artists and their work. Beginning September 15, patrons of all ages can pick up a Take & Make Kit of art supplies to create an original painting. Take & Make Kits are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.  

Library staff will share curated lists of books, music, and movies that celebrate and explore Latinx cultures, as well as lists of Spanish language titles, many of which are new to JCLS. In the past two years, the Library has updated its Spanish language collection, adding more than 5,500 new items. The Medford, Ashland, Central Point, Phoenix, Talent, and White City libraries host most of the Spanish language collection, but items are available to borrow from any branch.

The Library will host a virtual gala performance by Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, a Southern Oregon dance troupe that teaches and performs Mexican folk dances. Through traditional dress, music, and dance, their performance conveys the diverse cultures and history of regions and states throughout Mexico. View the performance for free beginning Tuesday, September 15 at

Additionally, the Library will offer free, all-ages Introduction to Ballet Folklórico classes with presenter Luisa Zaragosa, Artistic Director of Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre. Classes will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22 and 29 and October 6 and 13 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. Participants will practice traditional folk dances and learn about the diverse cultures from different states of Mexico in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Register online at

The JCLS website will also feature videos from De la Raíz, a project that is dedicated to capturing and telling the stories of the Latinx communities here in Southern Oregon through personal stories, research, and visual art. De la Raíz aims to challenge the stereotypes of Latinx communities and to center and uplift Latinx voices.

To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month or take part in the Library’s celebratory events and programs, visit or call 541-774-8679.

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