Last year saw the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) inaugurate the Central Library’s Latino Collection and Resource Center with its first-ever Catrina Ball, and they had so much fun that they did it again this past October 27th.
Celebrating the “Aztec beginnings, present-day traditions, and future inspirations of Día de Muertos and the Tercentennial of our beloved San Antonio,” guests enjoyed top-notch Mexican food, including Yucatan empanadas, elote tamales, a Panza Verde avocado bar, and everyone’s favorite: street tacos. As the evening and silent art auction rolled on to the sounds of Nina Rodriguez, Aaron Prado, and the Catrina Music Cats, Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco gave remarks and a reading.
If the food and poetry were a little too heavy, the DiscGlowTeca Dance afterparty was there to keep things festive.
Even in the age of Amazon and Kindles, public libraries are an invaluable, beloved part of our modern world. If eating large amounts of food, tasting quality tequila, and celebrating the rich heritage of our Latino community is what it takes to help keep them around, then that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
And if you missed it, good news! You can always buy your own tacos and then donate here.