Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

By Juan Felipe Herrera

Paintings by Raúl Colón

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A 2015 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

 “This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.  Since our nation’s founding, individuals whose roots are in the Spanish-speaking countries have contributed immeasurably to the rich diversity that is America’s melting pot.  Chronicled here are their struggles and triumphs – what they faced and overcame on their way to great accomplishments. ”  *

Mr. Herrera’s book is a wonderful introduction to read about how twenty famous people played major roles in America’s history.  Some of the biographies include:

  • Desi Arnaz
  • César Estrada Chávez
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Rita Moreno
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Ellen Ochoa

An honorable mention was  given to Victoria Soto – a twenty–seven year old first grade teacher who shielded her students during the Newtown school shooting on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.fiesta with pml (1)

Come and join us on Sunday, October 18th from 1-4 pm to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, at the Roe Walkway located next to Patchogue-Medford Library.  In case of rain, the event will be held inside at the lower level of the library on the same date.  Look for more details soon. 

 *From the book’s blurb – Dial Books for Young Readers

                                            An imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

                                           www.penguin.com/youngreaders

First Lady of Shoes – Patchogue Native Beth Levine

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The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook celebrates famed shoe designer, Beth Katz Levine (1914-2006) with an exhibit continuing to January 3, 2016. Beth Levine was born in Patchogue, lived on a dairy farm in Holtsville and also at 25 West Avenue in Patchogue. She graduated from Patchogue High School in the early 1930’s.
Beth Levine is one the most influential and visionary shoe designers. Many museums and glitterati such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin collect her shoes. First Ladies Jackie Kennedy, Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson wore Levine designed shoes. Famous clients include Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Liza Minnelli and Cher. Barbra Streisand wore her shoes in “Funny Girl” and Nancy Sinatra’s famous white boots in “These Boots Were Made For Walkin” were Levine creations.
The exhibit features iconic footwear, photographs, memorabilia, accessories and film footage from public and private collections from her early days living in Holtsville and Patchogue to the pinnacle of the fashion world. The book “Beth Levine Shoes” by Helene Verin is available at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

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