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This year’s contest allows children and teens ages 5‑18 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in a creative and fun way by dressing up in a folkloric costume.

Contest Entry Rules

  1. Contestants must be 5-18 years of age and hold a Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) library card. Those ages 17 and under must have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
  2. Participants shall select a Hispanic or Latin American country of their choice and dress up in the traditional attire of that country.
    While elements of the costume can be store bought, it should not be a completely ready‑made costume.
  3. Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:
    1. An entry form may be returned at any MDPLS branch along with two 4x6 prints of the participant in costume. The picture must be a full body shot (head to toe) and must have been taken in September 2017.
    2. The entry may be submitted via email. Digital photographs must be no larger than 2MB in JPEG format and uploaded to a file sharing service like Windows Live Spaces or Google Drive. The link to the photograph file must be sent to by midnight Saturday, September 30, 2017. The email must include the participant’s name, address, phone number, age, email, branch, and the name of the country being represented. It must also include the following language for electronic certification: "I certify that the photograph submitted is mine/my child’s and is completely original. I grant the Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) permission to use my/my child’s name, creative work and visual image in its publications without recourse. I understand that my/my child’s photograph will not be returned."
  4. Winners will be notified by Saturday, October 14, 2017.
  5. All entries become the property of MDPLS and will not be returned.
  6. Employees of MDPLS and their families are not eligible to participate.


Photographs will be judged based on authenticity, presentation and creativity.



1st Place: $75 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card


1st Place: $75 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card

The winning photographs will be posted online at and on the MDPLS Facebook page.

Hispanic Heritage Month Special Events

Manualidades: Técnicas para hacer miniaturas

La artista Stella Gómez enseñara métodos para crear miniaturas en casa. El espacio es limitado. Por favor llame a la biblioteca para registrarse. Presentado en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Apto para participantes de 12 años y más.

Thursday, September 7, 1 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

Make a Piñata

Stuffed with treats, the piñata is meant to be smashed and its contents spilled into the hands of eagerly awaiting children. Learn about the piñata tradition in Mexico and around the world and make your own. All crafting materials will be provided. Best for ages 8‑12.

Saturday, September 16, 3 p.m.
Edison Center Branch

Casi Vegan: Healthy Latin Recipes

Raquel Roque, author of Cocina Cubana, Cuban Kitchen and Cocina Latina, invites you to participate in a bilingual, multicultural event incorporating trivia, recipe samples and healthy cooking tips. Bring your favorite Latin recipe and we will make sure it is sano! Best for ages 18 and up.

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
Shenandoah Branch

Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m.
Miami Springs Branch

Saturday, September 30, 3:30 p.m.
Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch

Puerta de Oro de Colombia

Enjoy a glimpse into Colombian culture with stories and folk dances by Puerta de Oro de Colombia. The group will have you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Cumbia and other dance styles that have evolved throughout Colombia’s history. All ages.

Saturday, September 30, 2 p.m.
Kendall Branch

Grandes de la poesía de Hispanoamérica y España

Sylvia Landa, poeta y declamadora, presentará las obras de reconocidos poetas de Hispanoamérica y España. Para participantes de 18 años y más.

Poet and journalist Sylvia Landa will lead a poetry reading of well‑known Latin American and Spanish poets. Ages 18 and up.

Saturday, September 30, 3:30 p.m.
Coral Gables Branch

Take Your Story Further

Hispanic Americans have made a lasting impact on the United States. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing your story of how the United States helped shape your future. A selection of stories will be shared on our social media in October. Ages 18 and up.

Saturday, September 16, 10-11 a.m. & 5-6 p.m.
South Dade Regional

Saturday, September 23, 10-11 a.m. & 5-6 p.m.
North Dade Regional

Saturday, September 30, 3-5 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Morsels of Latin Jazz

Enjoy an afternoon of Latin jazz with a five‑piece band complete with drums, percussion, piano, bass guitar and saxophone. The band will offer audience members an educational experience by delving into the history and make‑up of the genre. All ages.

Saturday, September 23, 3‑5 p.m.*
Coral Gables Branch

Saturday, September 30, 2‑4 p.m.**
North Shore Branch

Tiny Tales: Bilingual Puppet Theatre

Enjoy a special Hispanic Heritage themed puppet show featuring two classic tales: The Bossy Gallito and The Barking Mouse. This presentation is suitable for all ages.

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m.
West Dade Regional

Hispanic Heritage Month Movies

McFarland, USA (PG)
Tuesday, September 19, 4 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch

The Book of Life (PG)
Thursday, September 28, 5 p.m.
Naranja Branch

El Jeremías (PG-13)
Tuesday, September 26, 4 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch