Kids and families are invited to join local artist, Antonio Huerta, from Comunidad y Herencia Cultural to experience the art of traditional leather working at 12:30 p.m., every Friday in August, on Springfield Public Library’s Fountain Plaza. Huerta says, “There is great value in creating opportunities for youth to learn about their cultural heritage.” Participants will learn the basics of leather work (Talabarteria) including stitching and stamping, and will finish their own leather card holder. This project is best suited for ages 10 and up. The workshop and materials are free.

Antonio grew up farming in Mexico and developed an interest in the Charro tradition (Mexican Horsemanship). Leather work is part of the Charro tradition as much of the Charro attire is made out of leather including ropes, saddles, boots, belts, straps, and chaps. To this day, many artisans in Mexico still make a living doing leather work. Antonio is proud of sharing this cultural heritage with the Springfield and surrounding communities. For more information about Huerta or Charro, contact Antonio Huerta at 760.580.2895, email or visit

Reminder – The Fountain Plaza at Springfield Public Library is a FOOD for Lane County free lunch site. Meals are available between 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. on Mondays through Friday for youth ages 1-18. Plan to get free lunch with your family and stay for this fun Library program!

Library masking/Covid-19 guidelines match that of OSHA and the State of Oregon.

What: Free Leathercraft Workshop with Antonio Huerta, ages 10 and up

When:  12:30 p.m., Fridays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27

Where:  Fountain Plaza, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Mindy Linder,, 541.744.3388


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