Mexican night at the Biblioteca

By Jade Arroyo

Someone who thinks a library is a solemn and serious place clearly never has been inSan Miguel de Allende’s library, especially during one of the patriotic holidays.
On September 13 La Biblioteca was filled with color, joy and laughter duringits traditional Mexican party in honor of the country’s independence, complete with
music, dancing, food and—what could be more Mexican?—tequila.

The fiesta took place in the central courtyard, where groups of friends gathered at the tables to enjoy their meals beneath a large piñata made by the kids who attend the art
workshops in the Children’s Room and tricolored flags dancing in the wind. When the sun set, the night sky made a great view for the partygoers. The mariachi band “Los Camperos”
sang everyone’s favorite songs, dancing mojigangas lent a festive air, and the children’s and adult choirs and the folkloric dance group from La Casa de La Cultura (The House of
Culture) performed.

A symbolic “Grito” was given by the chief librarian and everyone in the house cheered “Viva México!” To end the evening, the piñata was finally broken, showering everyone
with sweet treats.
The spirited celebration helped raise enough funds to purchase new books for the Spanish Room.

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