Dia de los Muertos is an iconic Mexican celebration to honor those who have died. Sugar skulls, flowers, candy, and music are associated with the observances. With similarities to Halloween, it has become seen in the United States as a continuation of the Halloween festivities, especially as Dia de los Muertos falls on November 1st and 2nd. However, it is a separate and distinct celebration that originates in Aztec practices dating to the time before Spanish conquest and colonization of Mexico in the 16th century. So where did this celebration come from and how has it changed in the modern world?
From learning about solar eclipses and telescopes to chucking bundled up library books across the ground for a ‘Library Olympics’ Workshop, CALCON 2022 did not disappoint! Earlier this month, BRL’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Cathy Click and I were sent to Denver to attend 2022’s Colorado Association of Libraries Conference! From September 8-10, Cathy and I participated in library-related workshops, networked with other attendees, toured Westminster Library and even got to take a peek inside a bookmobile (library on wheels)! We both made connections and gained valuable insight on a variety of topics. It was a melting pot and a ‘confluence of ideas’ which also happened to be the theme of the Conference.
We'll have something for everyone... from a Frankenstein Series, to our Second Annual Swap It Like It's Hot, and even programs explaining the difference between Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos such as the alter art program (Actividad de arte: Altar de Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead Art) and a public viewing of our display for the Day of the Dead (Ofrenda / Altar de Día de Muertos).
Our Series begins with Frankenweenie: Science and a Movie - Sat, Oct. 8, 1-2:30PM - Join us with your blankets and pillows in our Community Room for a showing of Tim Burton's 2012 film "Frankenweenie". During the movie, we will have a fun Frankenstein science experiment on the other side of the room. All ages are welcome. This is the first event in our Frankenstein October event series inspired by Mary Shelley's science fiction novel "Frankenstein".
Next join our series for our Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Sat, Oct. 15, 12-1PM - Dr. Kathryn Harkup, author, chemist, and science communicator will join us virtually for an exploration of the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? From stories of artificial life and experimental surgery, to 'monsters' and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley and inspired her most famous creation. We will have free copies of Harkup's book Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein available inside the library prior to the event. This is the second event in our Frankenstein October event series inspired by Mary Shelley's science fiction novel Frankenstein.
Our finale of our Frankenstein Series programs, is Frankenstein Double Feature - Fri, Oct. 28, 6-9PM - Bring your family and friends to the library to watch the original 1931 Frankenstein film starring Boris Karloff. After a short intermission, we will play Mel Brook's comedy film Young Frankenstein (1974). You bring blankets and pillows and we will provide spooky treats.
These activities will be sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Second Annual Swap It Like It's Hot:
(a community-wide event for the whole family)
We have already been receiving your awesome donations of your gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for our Swap It Like It's Hot event. Donations will be accepted until Oct. 20th. Each person donating will receive an exclusive first access ticket to shop the swap from 9-10AM before the swap opens to the public at 10AM on Oct. 22nd. The Swap It Like It's Hot event will run from 10AM until 3PM with fun for the whole family. From FREE clothing and accessories for the entire family, to sipping yummy cider being made fresh right here, to munching on food provided through a local food truck, to making crafts and other fun activities you will not want to miss.
The items that are not "swapped" will be packed up and donated to a local thrift store.
Music at the Library: High Country Sinfonia
Thurs, Oct. 20, 7-8PM
Music this month will be provided to all through High Country Sinfonia Fall Concert which promises to have something for everybody. From Bach to Barber, spanning four centuries and five continents. It will feature many familiar tunes including the Beautiful Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, and Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin.
Emerse Yourself and Family into the Latin American Culture:
We have 2 very exciting Latin American events planned for late October intended for the whole family to visit and experience Latin American culture and recreate the traditions of different countries. To learn more about the differences of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, see pages 8-9 in our October magazine.
Thurs, Oct. 27 - Sat, Oct. 29, (during normal Library business hours) you can come come and see Ofrenda/Altar de Día de Muertos para recordar y recrear las tradiciones de distintos países. Del 27 al 29 de octubre se instalará un altar-ofrenda del Día de los Muertos en el exterior de la biblioteca. Le invitamos a que participe con flores, fotos y demás, como homenaje a sus seres queridos que se han ido.
Day of the Dead Ofrenda/Altar to remember and recreate the traditions of different countries. You are invited to add to the display with flowers, pictures, and more to pay your respects to your lost loved ones.
On Sat, Oct. 29, 10:30-12:30, we will provide you with our Actividad de arte: Altar de Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead Art program. The public is invited to decorate an altar (a wood box) with colored pre-cut paper and pictures, or drawings of their relatives or pets. There will also be an exhibition with a short documentary about the celebration in different countries. Free and open to all ages. This art activity is presented in partnership with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Actividad de arte: Altar de Día de Muertos, para recordar y recrear las tradiciones de distintos países en America Latina. Se proyectará un breve video acerca de cómo se celebra esta fecha en diferentes países. Actividad gratuita y para todas las edades.
To learn more about these and other exciting events in October, see basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar.
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