Musical performances, art exhibits and films are being offered at Montgomery County libraries to mark Hispanic Heritage Month.

"Our message is to celebrate the contributions that Hispanic people have made in our nation," said Yuli Estler, Hispanic community outreach liaison with the public libraries. "We want to share the culture because our community is a melting pot community."

An exhibit by Argentine artist Felisa Federman, "Earth and Heaven People," opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville.

Other events Saturday include a musical performance by Cafe y Caribe featuring instruments from Colombia, Venezuela and Peru including the cuatro, charango and cajon at 1 p.m. at White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring.

At 2 p.m., songwriter and band leader Lilo Gonzalez of El Salvador will put on a bilingual family concert of Latin American music at Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Gonzalez has received several awards from the Washington Area Music Association.

"We like to do programs to attract people into the library. Entertainment can bring the whole family together," said Mary Louise Daneri, library manager at Long Branch. "We also want to show them other things that we have here in the library that can help them."

Other activities include:

* Oct. 7: 6 p.m., the film "The Grandfather-El Abuelo" will be shown at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film in 1988, addresses issues of love, honor and secrecy.

* Oct. 9: 11:30 a.m., indigenous and contemporary dances by the Tayrona Colombian Folkloric Group will be performed at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd.

* Oct. 14: 6 p.m., the film "Los Repatriados: Exiles from the Promised Land," about the repatriation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from Detroit from 1929 to 1939, will be shown at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville.

For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Month events, call 240-777-0024.

-- MARK JONES

The Tayrona Colombian Folkloric Group will perform Oct. 9 in Bethesda to mark Hispanic Heritage Month.