The Hammond Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programs:

• 1 p.m. Sept. 18, Beyond Our Borders features a book discussion of "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

• 2 p.m. Sept. 23, Chicago musical group Ida y Vuelta is playing a free library concert. Ida y Vuelta’s presentations come from a long tradition of Mexican folk music called Son Jarocho. The genre is a fusion of African, Spanish and indigenous music and poetry.

Call Mary Schons at (219) 931-5100, ext. 327.

• 4 p.m. Sept. 21, teens in grades 7-12 may make papel picado, a colorful traditional banner. All supplies are provided. Information is with Aysha Haq at 219-931-5100, ext. 351.

• 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Juliana Szucs of presents "Coming to America: Arrival Records and Stories on Ancestry." Szucs will present information on all ethnicities and records as a prelude to Family History Month, which is during October.

The library is at 564 State St. Information is with the library at 219-931-5100, or go to

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