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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with the Library

The Cry of Dolores, when Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church and issued the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence on September 16th, 1810 is now celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

The Santa Barbara Public Library will be commemorating the day with celebrations of Mexican culture at the Eastside and Goleta branches on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

The Eastside branch will celebrate from noon until 2 pm. Families are invited to make several crafts, including mini piñatas with candy, papel picado, and paper mache flowers. Local dance troupe Xochipilli of Santa will perform.  Churros, chips and salsa, and aguas frescas will be served.

Bring your dancing shoes and learn to dance Mexican Folklorico from 3 to 4 pm at the Goleta branch. This program is best for ages 6 and up.  Space is limited. Please call 805-964-7878 to reserve your spot.

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events, and programs is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Alma Chaidez, Senior Library Technician, Eastside Library

Phone: (805) 963-3727


Contact: Gwen Wagy, Children’s Librarian, Goleta Library

Phone: (805) 964-7878


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