Plaza Voices: What Has Plaza Been Up To?

By Breanne Vailes

With no programming in library buildings because of the COVID-19 virus, many people have been unable to participate in Plaza in person for English language practice, citizenship test study, and art. Yet, library staff have pivoted to online programming, available on a weekly basis. Check out what opportunities are available with DPL’s Cultural Inclusivity Services.

Plaza now hosts weekly online groups that meet virtually for English language practice, citizenship interview & test practice, and math help for grades K-12. In addition, customers are welcome to sign up for one-on-one phone or online appointments for resource navigation, employment help, English practice, or citizenship study. In these times of physical distancing, people do not have to be socially isolated, and Plaza is providing ways to connect with others while still helping people reach their goals in unprecedented ways. 

Often, assistance is available, but people have difficulty navigating the services they need. In response to this obstacle, Plaza staff stay up to date on changing services and assistance programs in the community So, when people from culturally diverse backgrounds reach out for a resource, they receive individualized support to connect with services. 

For those on social media, the Plaza at Denver Public Library Facebook page provides another way to connect with others and stay informed on happenings related to cultural inclusivity. 

There is also an Immigrant Resource Guide available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Somali. 

Plazas are an open community space where migrants from all over the world connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s global community. To ensure the health and safety of our community, all Denver Public Library locations and Plaza programs are currently closed. We are still offering online English conversation groups, citizenship study, and appointment services. Please see our web page for more information.

Written by Plaza Voices on September 3, 2020