Celebrate Día de Muertos at library & in community

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is typically celebrated on November 1 and 2. The celebration, which originated in Mexico, is rooted in indigenous practices that existed long before Spanish settlers arrived. 

Together with community members, our Latine Language & Culture Librarian Nora Sanchez has been working to bring the celebration to the library and Oak Park!

Ofrenda for Dia de Muertos in Main Library Idea Box

Honor your loved ones at the library’s ofrenda

As in past years, we have built an ofrenda in the Main Library Idea Box. Ofrendas (offerings) honor, celebrate, and remember the dearly departed.

During Main Library open hours, you are invited to come inside and view the ofrenda. You can pay tribute to your own departed loved ones by writing a message on a butterfly that we will add to the wall.

Through October 31, you are also invited to share images of your loved ones who have passed away, and we will add their photographs to the ofrenda. The ofrenda will remain on display through November 4.

Paper marigolds and other objects on an ofrenda for Dia de Muertos

Craft paper marigolds

Drop in to make some beautiful tissue paper marigolds on Friday, October 27, 1:30-2:30 pm, at the Main Library.

Whether or not you’re decorating an ofrenda this year, it’s lovely to take time to think about those you love.

Registration requested, drop-in spaces may be available.

Omeyocan Dance Company performers at Main Library in 2022

See the Omeyocan Dance Company & more

As part of last year’s celebration, the Omeyocan Dance Company performed for a full house in the Main Library Veterans Room. This year, we are bringing them back, but in a larger venue!

Please join us for a Día de Muertos celebration featuring the enchanting Aztec dance performance on Saturday, October 28, 2-4 pm, at Unity of Oak Park, 405 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

And be sure to explore the Mercadito, featuring a variety of handcrafted treasures from local vendors selling cempasuchitl (marigolds) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead)! Visit the face painter to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the event. A day of remembrance for all ages! 

This event is presented in partnership with the Dia de los Muertos in Oak Park and River Forest group, Quetzali Child Care, Unity of Oak Park, and the Oak Park Public Library, bringing the community together for an unforgettable cultural experience.