Italian American Heritage Month at YPL

Yonkers has lively community of diverse cultures from all corners of the world, and Italian-Americans have contributed to the rich heritage of the city. Small businesses across the city, from small markets to restaurants and pizzerias, add to the vibrant culture of Yonkers. This month, YPL celebrates that culture and influence during Italian-American Heritage Month.

The U.S. Census states that there are nearly 16 million Americans of Italian-American heritage living in the United States. Italian-American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 when President George H.W. Bush and Congress wanted to honor the progress and achievements of Italian immigrants across the country.

You might already know some famous Italian Americans like famous Yankees player Joe DiMaggio, author of The Godfather Mario Puzo, Catholic nun Mother Cabrini, and the first Italian-American Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Join us during some of our programs this month for a celebration of Italian-American heritage, or browse the library shelves for a great read to learn more about Italian history and Italian-American heritage.

A display case with books showcasing Italian American history and heritage.

Crestwood Library Branch
Friday FUN! Celebrating Italian Heritage Month: Friday October 7th, 3:00 PM in Crestwood Library Courtyard

Will Library Branch
Celebrate Italian Heritage Month: Monday October 24th, 4:00 PM Lower Lobby-Inside

Virtual Programs
Italian-American Writers and Short Stories: Monday October 17th, 7:00 PM on Zoom
Adult Online Book Club: Thursday October 20th, 7:15PM on Zoom, reading The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani

Book Recommendations 

Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.