Enjoy stories, crafts, a movie and sugar skull decorating at the Pflugerville Public Library’s Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Oct. 28. This is the library’s third year celebrating Día, and the event is expanding this year.
The celebration starts at 2 p.m. with a special bilingual story time with Ms. Silvia. She will share the history of the holiday and will read two stories: "The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos" by Bob Barner and "Día de los Muertos" by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. "The Day of the Dead" is a bilingual tale that follows two children as they celebrate their ancestors with offerings of flowers, sugar skulls, and delicious foods. "Día de los Muertos" is a story told in rhyme that describes a whole town getting ready for Día festivities.
After story time, guests can enjoy several crafts. The library will provide tissue paper for guests to make paper marigolds and papel picado. Paper marigolds, or cempazuchitl, are known in Mexico as the flower of the dead. Papel picado, or “pecked paper,” is a decorative craft made out of paper that is cut into beautiful and detailed designs. It is commonly displayed during holidays like Easter and Día, as well as during weddings and quincañeras.
There will also be calavera crafts. Personalize a paper skull or decorate a real sugar skull with icing, miniature paper flowers, and sequins (one sugar skull will be provided per family while supplies last).
While guests work on crafts, the library will screen a Día de los Muertos-themed animated movie. The film tells the story of a young man who must face his greatest fears as he embarks on a journey across three worlds.
All ages are welcome. Materials for crafts will be provided while supplies last.
The Library is located at 1008 W. Pfluger St. in Pflugerville. More information at library.pflugervilletx.gov.