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Come join any of the programs we have prepared to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week this year!

Immigrant Heritage Week is a city-wide celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants in New York City established in 2004 and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The New York Public Library joins in the celebration by featuring the events through Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island.

Immigrant Heritage Week is a rich collection of free or low-cost programs that build cross-cultural understanding between diverse New Yorkers. Every year, NYC celebrates Immigrant Heritage Week from April 17–24, which marks the date in NYC history when the most immigrants crossed Ellis Island. Immigrant Heritage week is celebrated around April 17, the day in 1907 when more immigrants entered through Ellis Island than any other date in the City's history. 

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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33 events found.

TimeEventLocationAudience
Saturday, April 9, 2016
11 a.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente
Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente Todt-Hill Library Saturday 4/9/2016 11:00 a.m. Flutist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Jessica Valiente performs on nearly 20 flutes from a dozen world cultures, plus songs and storytelling. Included will be flutes from North America, Brazil, the Andes, China, Japan, Ireland, England, Nigeria, Ghana, and more. Dr. Jessica Valiente holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College in conjunction with Manhattan School of Music, an MA in music performance from Queens Co…
Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
1 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán
Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán Kingsbridge Library Saturday 4/9/2016 1:00 p.m. Join us for a one-hour program of works for classical guitar composed by Latin American composers, performed by guitarist Josué Pagán. Born in Puerto Rico, Josué Pagán began studying the guitar at the age of 15 and emigrated to New York City at the age of 18. A recipient of the Ralph Ritchie Memorial Music Scholarship, he has studied with William Zito and Susan Sobolewski. Mr. Pagán completed a bachelor’s…
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
1 p.m.Tai Chi for All
Tai Chi for All Stapleton Library Saturday 4/9/2016 1:00 p.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defense for over 40 years, will facil…
Stapleton LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Origami 101
Origami 101 with Taro's Origami Studio Spuyten Duyvil Library Saturday 4/9/2016 2:00 p.m. Join us as we introduce the Japanese art of origami to the world! As each fold and crease transforms a single sheet of ordinary paper into a recognizable model, origami inspires and challenges us to tackle everyday items from flowers and animals and brings us to mythical worlds filled with wizards and dragons. Origami is not simply a hobby – it’s practical as well. As participants practice origami,…
Spuyten Duyvil LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2:30 p.m.Introduction to Belly Dance
Introduction to Belly Dance Moshulu Library Saturday 4/9/2016 2:30 p.m. Belly dance is a great way to learn a beautiful art form while staying in shape, gaining confidence in yourself, and (most importantly) having fun. Presented by Katherine Illescas, MBA, Certified Fitness Instructor. Come join us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week! ALL NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Mosholu LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2:30 p.m.Music @NYPL presents Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga
Music @ NYPL Presents: Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga Ottendorfer Library Saturday 4/9/2016 2:30 p.m. Fiddle and guitar duo Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga bring a new twist to Irish traditional fiddling. Classic favorites blend with rhythms and influences from traditional and modern styles from all over the world. This thrilling program will have audiences of all ages up on their feet. Cady Finlayson (fiddle) has brought her Spirited Irish fiddling to 35 states and Ireland, performing at v…
Ottendorfer LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Monday, April 11, 2016
4 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Hasan Bakr
Music @ NYPL Presents: Hasan Bakr Mott Haven Library Monday 4/11/2016 4:00 p.m. Join percussionist/vocalist Hasan Bakr on a journey of song and story in a one-hour interactive program of African percussion and folklore. Trained by such luminaires of African traditional music such as Chief Bey, Babafeami, Mbemba Bangoura, Kevin Nathaniel and Zeleka Jenkins, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his vast experience with African instruments and musical styles to audiences in…
Mott Haven LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
5 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms
Music @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms Allerton Library Monday 4/11/2016 5:00 p.m. Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thoms on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and more, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his vas…
Allerton LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5 p.m.Origami 101
Origami 101 with Taro's Origami Studio New Amsterdam Library Wednesday 4/13/2016 5:00 p.m. Join us as we introduce the Japanese art of origami to the world! As each fold and crease transforms a single sheet of ordinary paper into a recognizable model, origami inspires and challenges us to tackle everyday items from flowers and animals and brings us to mythical worlds filled with wizards and dragons. Origami is not simply a hobby – it’s practical as well. As participants practice origami,…
New Amsterdam LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10 a.m.Tai Chi for All
Tai Chi for All Morris Park Library Saturday 4/16/2016 10:00 a.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defense for over 40 years, will f…
Morris Park LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
12 noonMusic @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms
Music @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms Aguilar Library Saturday 4/16/2016 12:00 p.m. Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thoms on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and more, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his v…
Aguilar LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
1:30 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Hasan Bakr
Music @ NYPL Presents: Hasan Bakr St. George Library Center Saturday 4/16/2016 1:30 p.m. Join percussionist/vocalist Hasan Bakr on a journey of song and story in a one-hour interactive program of African percussion and folklore. Trained by such luminaires of African traditional music such as Chief Bey, Babafeami, Mbemba Bangoura, Kevin Nathaniel and Zeleka Jenkins, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his vast experience with African instruments and musical styles to audie…
St. George Library CenterAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar
Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar 115th Street Library Saturday 4/16/2016 2:00 p.m. Explore the influence that Spain and Latin America has had on the guitar and music in general through the centuries. Don Witter, Jr. will be performing various works and styles to showcase the flexibility of the classical guitar. Don Witter, Jr. started musical life at 4 trained as a Classical Pianist and 1st performed in public at the age of 5 at Carnegie Recital Hall.…
115th Street LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2:30 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente
Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente Bronx Library Center Saturday 4/16/2016 2:30 p.m. Flutist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Jessica Valiente performs on nearly 20 flutes from a dozen world cultures, plus songs and storytelling. Included will be flutes from North America, Brazil, the Andes, China, Japan, Ireland, England, Nigeria, Ghana, and more. Dr. Jessica Valiente holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College in conjunction with Manhattan School of Music, an MA in music performance from Queens…
Bronx Library CenterAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Sunday, April 17, 2016
2 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán
Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán Inwood Library Sunday 4/17/2016 2:00 p.m. Join us for a one-hour program of works for classical guitar composed by Latin American composers, performed by guitarist Josué Pagán. Born in Puerto Rico, Josué Pagán began studying the guitar at the age of 15 and emigrated to New York City at the age of 18. A recipient of the Ralph Ritchie Memorial Music Scholarship, he has studied with William Zito and Susan Sobolewski. Mr. Pagán completed a bachelor’s degree…
Inwood LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Monday, April 18, 2016
3:30 p.m.Introduction to Belly Dance
Introduction to Belly Dance Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library Monday 4/18/2016 3:30 p.m. Belly dance is a great way to learn a beautiful art form while staying in shape, gaining confidence in yourself, and (most importantly) having fun. Presented by Katherine Illescas, MBA, Certified Fitness Instructor. Come join us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week! ALL NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Pelham Parkway-Van Nest LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
7 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente
Music @ NYPL Presents: Jessica Valiente Mid-Manhattan Library Monday 4/18/2016 7:00 p.m. Flutist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Jessica Valiente performs on nearly 20 flutes from a dozen world cultures, plus songs and storytelling. Included will be flutes from North America, Brazil, the Andes, China, Japan, Ireland, England, Nigeria, Ghana, and more. Dr. Jessica Valiente holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College in conjunction with Manhattan School of Music, an MA in music performance from Queens…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12 noonMusic @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei
Music @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei Huguenot Park Library Wesnesday 4/20/2016 12:00 p.m. Celebrate Italian heritage in an afternoon of traditional Italian music. Guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player Enrico Granafei brings audiences authentic music from his native Calabria and from a variety of Italian regions. Enrico Granafei is a master of classical and jazz guitar as well as Italian musical and theatrical traditions. From ancient folk songs, to Neopolitan classics and Itali…
Huguenot Park LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Thursday, April 21, 2016
5 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán
Music @ NYPL Presents: Josué Pagán 125th Street Library Thursday 4/21/2016 5:00 p.m. Join us for a one-hour program of works for classical guitar composed by Latin American composers, performed by guitarist Josué Pagán. Born in Puerto Rico, Josué Pagán began studying the guitar at the age of 15 and emigrated to New York City at the age of 18. A recipient of the Ralph Ritchie Memorial Music Scholarship, he has studied with William Zito and Susan Sobolewski. Mr. Pagán completed a bachelor’…
125th Street LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
5:45 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei
Music @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei Webster Library Thursday 4/21/2016 5:45 p.m. Celebrate Italian heritage in an afternoon of traditional Italian music. Guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player Enrico Granafei brings audiences authentic music from his native Calabria and from a variety of Italian regions. Enrico Granafei is a master of classical and jazz guitar as well as Italian musical and theatrical traditions. From ancient folk songs, to Neopolitan classics and Italian Ameri…
Webster LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Friday, April 22, 2016
3 p.m.Tai Chi for All
Tai Chi for All 67th Street Library Friday 4/22/2016 3:00 p.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defense for over 40 years, will faci…
67th Street LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Saturday, April 23, 2016
1:30 p.m.Tai Chi for All
Tai Chi for All Seward Park Library Saturday 4/23/2016 & Saturday 4/30/2016 1:30 p.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defense for…
Seward Park LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei
Music @ NYPL Presents: Enrico Granafei Belmont Library Saturday 4/23/2016 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Italian heritage in an afternoon of traditional Italian music. Guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player Enrico Granafei brings audiences authentic music from his native Calabria and from a variety of Italian regions. Enrico Granafei is a master of classical and jazz guitar as well as Italian musical and theatrical traditions. From ancient folk songs, to Neopolitan classics and Italian Ameri…
Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural CenterAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Introduction to Belly Dance
Introduction to Belly Dance Washington Heights Library Saturday 4/23/2016 2:00 p.m. Belly dance is a great way to learn a beautiful art form while staying in shape, gaining confidence in yourself, and (most importantly) having fun. Presented by Katherine Illescas, MBA, Certified Fitness Instructor. Come join us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week! ALL NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Washington Heights LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar
Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar West New Brighton Library Saturday 4/23/2016 2:00 p.m. Explore the influence that Spain and Latin America has had on the guitar and music in general through the centuries. Don Witter, Jr. will be performing various works and styles to showcase the flexibility of the classical guitar. Don Witter, Jr. started musical life at 4 trained as a Classical Pianist and 1st performed in public at the age of 5 at Carnegie Recital…
West New Brighton LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Music @NYPL presents Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga
Music @ NYPL Presents: Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga Richmondtown Library Saturday 4/23/2016 2:00 p.m. Fiddle and guitar duo Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga bring a new twist to Irish traditional fiddling. Classic favorites blend with rhythms and influences from traditional and modern styles from all over the world. This thrilling program will have audiences of all ages up on their feet. Cady Finlayson (fiddle) has brought her Spirited Irish fiddling to 35 states and Ireland, performing at…
Richmondtown LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2:30 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms
Music @ NYPL Presents: Renato Thoms Port Richmond Library Saturday 4/23/2016 2:30 p.m. Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thoms on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and more, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings…
Port Richmond LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
11 a.m.Tai Chi for Seniors
Tai Chi for Seniors Great Kills Library Wednesdays: 4/27/2016 - 5/5/2016 - 5/11/2016 11:00 a.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defens…
Great Kills LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Saturday, April 30, 2016
1:30 p.m.Tai Chi for All
Tai Chi for All Seward Park Library Saturday 4/23/2016 & Saturday 4/30/2016 1:30 p.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defense for…
Seward Park LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2 p.m.Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar
Music @ NYPL Presents: Don Witter's Spanish and Latin American Guitar Hunts Point Library Saturday 4/30/2016 2:00 p.m. Explore the influence that Spain and Latin America has had on the guitar and music in general through the centuries. Don Witter, Jr. will be performing various works and styles to showcase the flexibility of the classical guitar. Don Witter, Jr. started musical life at 4 trained as a Classical Pianist and 1st performed in public at the age of 5 at Carnegie Recital Hall.…
Hunts Point LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
2:30 p.m.Introduction to Belly Dance
Introduction to Belly Dance Mulberry Street Library Saturday 4/30/2016 2:30 p.m. Belly dance is a great way to learn a beautiful art form while staying in shape, gaining confidence in yourself, and (most importantly) having fun. Presented by Katherine Illescas, MBA, Certified Fitness Instructor. Come join us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week! ALL NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Thursday, May 5, 2016
11 a.m.Tai Chi for Seniors
Tai Chi for Seniors Great Kills Library Wednesdays: 4/27/2016 - 5/5/2016 - 5/11/2016 11:00 a.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defens…
Great Kills LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
11 a.m.Tai Chi for Seniors
Tai Chi for Seniors Great Kills Library Wednesdays: 4/27/2016 - 5/5/2016 - 5/11/2016 11:00 a.m. Tai chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. Tai chi fosters the ability to face the world with openness and fearlessness and find the sacred dimension of everyday life. Dino Blanche, who has been a teacher of tai chi, jujitsu and self-defens…
Great Kills LibraryAdults,
50+,
Immigrants,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults

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