We are hosting a Latin party at the Elks Club in Lambertville on Saturday, June 24th
Come dance or just hang out and feel the beat!
DONATE TO GET YOUR TICKETS @ $20 PER PERSON
The dance party is to raise funds for the Oaxaca Festival 2023, taking place at the library on Sunday, August 20th. General donations for the festival are also welcome though we would love to see you at the dance party!
Further down, you will find info on both events.
Did you know that most of Lambertville’s Hispanic population hails from Oaxaca, Mexico?
Support our second annual festival that celebrates Oaxaca’s rich cultural heritage as seen through the eyes of our oaxaqueño neighbors and friends. Food, music, dancers, art installments, an Oaxaca exhibit, and arts-and-crafts activities for all ages make up this free event that welcomes all.
In addition to local acts, we are bringing renowned Mariachis from Philadelphia, Mariachi Flores this year!
Watch the video of last year’s event here:
We need your support to make this year’s festival even more successful than the last which brought in 500+ people. The library was able to create a space for Hispanics and the Lambertville community at large to get together like never before and the town is clamoring for more.
The library’s group, Latinas en Lambertville hosts the festival. The women will prepare the food, decorate, and in full native garb, perform the pineapple dance you don’t want to miss.
Fisherman’s Mark is donating the raw ingredients and their kitchen for the Latinas to make 1000+ tamales, aguas frescas drinks, and tres leches dessert.
Latinas en Lambertville
Latinas en Lambertville is attended steadily by a core group of 25-30 women, and their children also engaged in educational activities. The Oaxaca Festival is an extension of the program, so the group can apply the skills learned and grow together as a community.
The group began through a women’s empowerment workshop celebrated by The Institute of Museum and Libraries from DC, which visited us in April 2023 to learn more about our Hispanic programming. They had given us a modest grant and wanted to learn about how we accomplished so much with the Hispanic community, which is a challenge for libraries nationwide. Out of all the libraries in NJ, they chose three to visit; one was ours, a huge honor!
We were also presenters at the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Summer 2023 convention for “Latinas en Lambertville: How a small-town library created a space of belonging for its Hispanic Community.” Another huge honor!
Contact our staff at the Library if you are interested in volunteering, or call Trina Bardusco: at 347-837-1542. We hope you’ll join us!
Donations surpassing the event’s cost will roll over into future Hispanic programming.
Here are photos from Oaxaca 2023 and those we captured during the Latinas in Lambertville program!