Join us as we honor the winners on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library. A reception will follow the ceremony. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
Olga J. Garcia: Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award (pictured top left)
Antonio Mercado: Eric J. Duran Community Service Award (pictured second left)
Jenny A. Santos (pictured third left) and Manuel Ramos (pictured bottom left): César Chávez Leadership Hall of Fame Award
About the Awards
The Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award recipient must be a female Colorado resident of Latino descent who has taken an active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment. The recipient will have made an impact on the cultural life of the community through her involvement with the Denver Public Library or another civic institution. Members of the general community, including those affiliated with the library may be considered for the award. The nominee must be living.
The Eric J. Duran Community Service Award recipient must be a male Colorado resident of Latino descent who has taken an active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment. The recipient will have made an impact on the cultural life of the community through his involvement with the Denver Public Library or another civic institution. Members of the general community, including those affiliated with the library may be considered for the award. The nominee must be living.
The César Chávez Latino Leadership Hall of Fame Award celebrates the induction of two individuals (one male and one female) into the César Chávez Leadership Hall of Fame. The recipients will be Coloradans of Latino descent who have made a major contribution in a particular field which positively impacted the community. The nominee must be living.
Looking forward to seeing how well the Denver Public Library features Italian Heritage Month in October, as well as Jewish Heritage Month in May, Irish Heritage Month in March, Greek Heritage Month in April . . . you get the idea.
So - what's on DPL's drafting board?
Great idea! All of us can gain so much from learning about different cultures. As a library patron, 4th generation Colorado resident, and great-granddaughter of German-Speaking Ukrainian immigrants, I hope that people from many backgrounds continue to support DPL in many ways, including ideas on how to celebrate our diverse heritage and our common humanity. I wish that heritage months generated the same level of excitement for learning that Valentines, Halloween, Christmas, etc., generate for buying.
Thank you for your suggestions and questions, Cheryl. Currently, the Denver Public Library Commission has authorized two annual awards ceremonies and celebrations. The Juanita Gray Awards and Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame Ceremony in February and the Latino Awards in September. Part of the reasoning of these two specific awards are because the library has specific collections for African-American Resources (located at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library) and a growing collection of Latino and Hispanic based artifacts. We are also planning on unveiling a Jewish Roots exhibit at the Rodolfo "Corky' Gonzales Branch Library in October to highlight the contributions of Jewish-Americans in the West Denver neighborhoods (and throughout Denver).
We do enjoy celebrating all of the unique groups that make up the Denver community and hope to showcase as much cultural heritage as possible. We will continue to look for ways to honor and celebrate these contributions in upcoming years.
This seems like a strange image for Hispanic Heritage Month. These designs aren't traditionally "Hispanic" in origin
Hi there. Choosing graphics can sometimes be tricky and this one was no exception. We looked at several different backgrounds and asked some of our Hispanic and Latino staff and customers specifically. This was the the design that was chosen most consistently. We continue to look and evolve to make sure we're representing the best we can.
As an 80 yr. young reader, I appreciate the celebration of
women and men of all cultures here in Denver. Generations of Latinos are a part of the web of life and culture here. As a former ESL teacher, all my classes were taken to the nearest library to get their DPL card.
Thank you for acknowledging the Hispanic heritage of Colorado.
I grew up in Philly in the middle of the 20th century. We didn't always honor cultural diversity in that place and time. Some of what I remember has re-appeared currently. I wish i hadn't but I AM HAPPY that DPL and these comments reflect that many of us us do honor our cultural diversity.