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Plaza Voices: Cricket, anyone?

Photo of a cricket ball (creative commons).

Last spring, walking in a park near my house, I saw something I'd never seen before: people playing cricket. It got me thinking about this sport that I suddenly realized I knew nothing about, and had only seen in English costume dramas.

Plaza Voices: Stories of Integration

Photo from the "Stories of Integration" series on view at Barnum Library

Desiree S. of the Ross-Barnum branch writes:

Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?

Plaza Voices: Denver Startup Week

Cover of "Startup Weekend," available through DPL

Denver Startup Week is going on now! This multi-day event brings together some of the most innovative people in the state for information sessions, networking, and discussion about creative entrepreneurship in Colorado.

Plaza Voices: The Culture Map

Cover of The Culture Map by Erin Meyer, available through DPL

This week, Plaza staff member Adrian C. shares a book recommendation:

What do you know about the people around you? Are you aware of the cultural differences that exist between you and every other person in the world? If not, then you must read The Culture Map by Erin Meyer.

Plaza Voices: the Art of Ikebana

Still from Case Drury's video "Seiko"

Check out this beautiful video from Case Drury, featuring ikebana artist Seiko Yoshikawa sharing her skills in the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Plaza Voices: 100 Questions

Cover of Learn About the United States, an audiobook available through DPL

You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.

Plaza Voices: Resource Guide for New Immigrants

Cover of DPL's updated Resource Guide for New Immigrants

For new immigrants, refugees, or asylees: the Denver Public Library has compiled a list of reliable resources in this guide to assist with your adjustment to life in Colorado. You may find it helpful to read this guidebook in its entirety or find that only certain sections pertain to your needs. You can also access it from our website (just click on the PDF link for a printable, updated guide).

Plaza Voices: Noodling Around

Picante Beef Flavor Top Ramen

When you think of "fusion cuisine," Top Ramen may not be what comes to mind. But a recent blog post by National Public Radio's Linda Poon has opened my eyes. Ramen, as one of her sources notes, is a platform food--just about anything can be built upon it.

Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

Plaza Voices: A World of Difference

This map shows the size of Taiwan in relation to Denver, CO, USA

Reading the news, it can be difficult to understand the context of current events. A plane crash in Taiwan, the conflict in Gaza, kidnappings in Nigeria... what would it look like if those things happened here? How do our lives differ from those of people in far-away countries? And what would it be like to leave everything we know behind, and move halfway around the world? If you've ever asked such questions, these resources are for you.

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