All Blogs https://www.denverlibrary.org/ en DPL Staff Movie Picks: October https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/movies/lhallnance/dpl-staff-movie-picks-october-0 <span>DPL Staff Movie Picks: October</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Return.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Return.jpg?itok=LP4hzlh1" width="200" height="286" alt="Return" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/lhall-nance" lang="" about="/users/lhall-nance" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lhall-nance</a></span> <span>October 17, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Craft.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Craft.jpg?itok=lykLs9_Z" width="200" height="286" alt="craft" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Scream.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Scream.jpg?itok=nqj1dM4j" width="200" height="286" alt="scream" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/FTA.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/FTA.jpg?itok=LD7CyH3i" width="200" height="113" alt="FTA" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Killing.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Killing.jpg?itok=-gomMq_v" width="200" height="113" alt="killing" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Spirited.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Spirited.jpg?itok=MYLr-7gr" width="200" height="286" alt="spirited" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/wicker.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/wicker.jpg?itok=kZj_6wcY" width="200" height="286" alt="wicker" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Carnival.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Carnival.jpg?itok=wsNPMgXP" width="200" height="113" alt="carnvial" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Get.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Get.jpg?itok=1vYkYuQg" width="200" height="286" alt="get" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Midsommar.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Midsommar.jpg?itok=2n22Quug" width="200" height="113" alt="midsommar" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Freaky.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Freaky.jpg?itok=ZZ7d-2XM" width="200" height="286" alt="freaky" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>October is here and it's time for some scary movies! The year is less than three months away from being over so you are officially in the home stretch to catch up on all these great films our staff are suggesting for you guys to enjoy!</p> <p>Nearly all Denver Public Library locations are open for walk-in services but if you’re not yet comfortable coming out to public spaces, we still have so many services available! We have&nbsp;<a href="https://denverlibrary.kanopy.com/">Kanopy</a>, which is always updating with new, awesome films ranging from documentaries to indie films and classics to blockbusters, all for at-home streaming. We also have a great virtual program going for all my movie lovers out there called&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/what-were-watching-monstering-other-john-anzalone">What We’re Watching</a>, where you can meet up and have discussions with the Denver Cinema Club about movies and television series. This coming November will be part 2 of a 2 part special discussion featuring special guest&nbsp;John Anzalon so be sure to check it out!</p> <p>Also, as you know, so many great movies are adapted from great books, so if you’re looking for your next great read, feel free to try our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads">Personalized Reading List</a>&nbsp;service, in which our librarians will review what you have loved to read in the past and create a list of new titles specifically designed for you. We’ll also make you a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-news/stacey/new-library-bundles-curbside">Curbside Bundle</a>&nbsp;full of surprises, if you’d like!</p> <p>See you next month, stay safe, sane, and watch a movie!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stacey</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=775088">Return to Oz</a> (1985) DVD<br /> This movie has been called Dorothy’s second adventure rather than a sequel, which should prepare you for a dystopian version of Oz with that special disturbed 80s feel. While not a classic horror movie, the princess who collects severed heads and her minions, who have wheels at the end of their elongated limbs, are unnerving enough to cause nightmares. Add in Dorothy’s slightly less creepy new friends and, for a realistic bent, the forced mental hospital treatment to result in a dark, twisted tale to watch this October.</p> <p><strong>Stacey</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2081137">The Craft</a> (1996) DVD<br /> Witches are classic Halloween characters. While Peter Parker was warned that responsibility comes with great power, these four teen outcasts revel in their power when they dabble in Wicca. The climax involves swarms of snakes, spiders, maggots, cockroaches, and rats trapping the main character, a scene sure to give you shivers. Enjoy this cult favorite and, if you choose, watch the disappointing 2020 sequel, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2198751">The Craft: Legacy</a>.</p> <p><strong>Le’ Trail</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=539377">Scream</a> (1996) DVD<br /> A series of mysterious murders committed by a masked killer transforms a seemingly peaceful community into a place where no one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Part horror movie and part spoof of the slasher genre.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dodie</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2261345">F.T.A.</a> (1972) Kanopy<br /> Available for the first time since it mysteriously disappeared in 1972, after only one week in theaters, this raucous film is a riveting slice of the Vietnam anti-war movement. Documentary filmmaker Francine Parke followed Free Theater Associates, a theatrical touring troupe, as they toured to coffee houses, arenas and other venues near U.S. military bases across America and abroad, performing their anti-war cabaret show–and its catchy anthem song, Foxtrot, Tango, Alpha, to cheering audiences of G.I.s. In the Free Theater Associates troupe included folksinger Len Chandler, Pamela Donegan, Paul Mooney, Donald Sutherland and a young and energetic Jane Fonda, who was subsequently dubbed Hanoi Jane for her strong anti-war activities.</p> <p><strong>Lily</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1724614,%201724618,%201918792">The Killing of a Sacred Deer</a> (2017) Blu-Ray, DVD &amp; Kanopy<br /> A thought experiment turned real, this film is about a sinister teenager who has a vendetta to settle with a surgeon and tells him he has to choose one of his own family members to die or else the whole family will die. It will make you uncomfortable the whole way through, but also tries to ease that with an incredibly dark humor.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Claire</strong><br /> <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=523499">Spirited Away</a> (2001) DVD<br /> This Studio Ghibli classic is perfect for spooky season but is not too scary. A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.</p> <p><strong>Andrew</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=642663">The Wicker Man</a> (1973) DVD<br /> The Wicker Man is a British “folk horror” film based on the 1967 novel Ritual by David Pinner. A puritanical police sergeant from the mainland travels to a small, isolated island to investigate the disappearance of a local girl. The villagers’ pagan beliefs and rituals unnerve the officer, who becomes inextricably entwined in the mystery. The original film version is unique, moody, and unsettling. The unintentionally funny and wildly entertaining 2006 remake is also worth seeking out, although for very different reasons.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1581796,%201804531">Carnival of Souls</a> (1962) Blu-Ray &amp; Kanopy<br /> After being involved in a car crash, a young woman takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. She soon finds herself haunted by ghoulish apparitions. This low budget, independent film was the only feature directed by Coloradoan, Herk Harvey. Its spooky atmosphere, eerie organ score, striking visuals, and entrancing performances have made this a cult classic; influencing directors like George A. Romero and presumably, David Lynch.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Kristen A.</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1636975,%201635071">Get Out</a> (2017) Blu-Ray &amp; DVD<br /> This movie gave me a whole new sense of what horror movies can be by combining the true horror of racism with more traditional elements like an innocent person taking WAY too long to realize they’re being stalked by evil forces. So many interesting twists and implications that I still think about it regularly, three years later. Check out Get Out if you’re up for some freakiness that might stalk your thoughts for years too.</p> <p><strong>Le’ Trail</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2055770,%202131991">Midsommar</a> (2019) DVD &amp; Kanopy<br /> A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry. Starring Little Women’s Florence Pugh along with a great ensemble cast!</p> <p><strong>Daniel</strong><br /> <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2205996">Freaky</a> (2020) DVD<br /> It’s a serial killer slasher movie meets a body swap teen comedy in this clever genre match-up starring Vince Vaughn who plays a serial killer who finds himself body swapped with teenage Millie (Mad Men’s Kathryn Newton).&nbsp; The kills are pretty gruesome, and the comedy is great because we get to see Vince Vaughn channel his inner high school girl.</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/horror-thrillers" hreflang="en">Horror/Thrillers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/scary-movies" hreflang="en">scary movies</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/dark-humor" hreflang="en">dark humor</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/horror" hreflang="en">Horror</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/magic" hreflang="en">magic</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/anime" hreflang="en">anime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/scary-horror" hreflang="en">Scary / Horror</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/independent-film" hreflang="en">independent film</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/indie-film" hreflang="en">indie film</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Sun, 17 Oct 2021 19:20:25 +0000 lhall-nance 579326 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Up Close and Cultural: Jasmine Syrian Food https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-close-and-cultural-jasmine-syrian-food <span>Plaza Voices: Up Close and Cultural: Jasmine Syrian Food</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/jasminesyriarest.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/jasminesyriarest.jpg?itok=iSJNi-Ju" width="200" height="267" alt="Jasmine Syrian Food chef and owner Mohamad Alnouri" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/plaza-voices" lang="" about="/users/plaza-voices" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Plaza Voices</a></span> <span>October 17, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/MohamadJasmineSyria.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/MohamadJasmineSyria.jpg?itok=n9Al4aN-" width="200" height="267" alt="Jasmine Syrian Food chef and owner Mohamad Alnouri" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/Sumac.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/Sumac.jpg?itok=tYMu9Dvq" width="200" height="268" alt="Cover of the book &quot;Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria,&quot; available from DPL" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/The%20Aleppo%20Cookbook.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/The%20Aleppo%20Cookbook.jpg?itok=ZlELgDbc" width="200" height="285" alt="Cover of &quot;The Aleppo Cookbook,&quot; available from DPL" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>By Asmeret Tesfay</strong></p> <p>The third country we are visiting for our <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQFPnwLRrT-ZVK20OSlKrebRuHrwP5UL9_sGXDU_e6QJKfmQ/viewform">Taste of Culture Series</a> is Syria, and we are delighted to sit down with Chef and Owner of <a href="https://www.jasminesyrian.com/">Jasmine Syrian Food</a> Mohamad Alnouri.&nbsp;<strong>Mohamad will be sharing an online cooking demonstration of the first dish he learned to prep--tabbouleh! Tabbouleh is a salad with finely chopped ingredients. This will be an opportunity to learn more about his journey into cooking. <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/taste-culture-jasmine-syrian">The virtual program will be on Tuesday, October 19th from 2-3 p.m.</a></strong></p> <p>Below are questions I asked Mohamad to get to know his journey into the world of food and his business. Before we dive in, here are a few fun facts about Syria for those who might not know much about the country. Guilty! ;-)</p> <p>Damascus, the capital of Syria, is claimed to be the oldest inhabited city in the world. Syria is a country located in the Middle East, with a coastline at the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and it shares maritime (sea) borders with Cyprus. There are five major languages spoken in Syria: Arabic, Armenian, Kurdish, Assyrian and Syriac. Also, Syria is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. There is much more to learn about Syria. To get started, check out the library’s <a href="https://online.culturegrams.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/">CultureGrams database</a>, or choose a book or movie from our <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/">catalog</a>.</p> <p>Mohamad graciously took a step away from the restaurant and took a seat, so we can hear a little about his story.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is unique about the Syrian culture?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>We like to share our food….culture. We invite you to come over even if we don’t know you. We are very hospitable. We don’t want anything from anybody.</em></p> <p><strong>What is unique about Syrian food?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>Syria has the best falafels in the world. Our recipes we use are from four generations in my family. &nbsp;When we opened the restaurant, I called my great-great-great grandfather to get the recipe we currently use. My great-great-great grandfather is still alive at 130 years old. He has his own farm and he grows his own food.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>How did you start cooking and how did your love of cooking begin?</strong></p> <p><em>It’s from my family. It started with my mother; she was a culinary teacher in Syria. I loved to cook at a young age. I loved being home more than I loved being outside. I was a calm child. My mother saw my love to cook and always invited me to learn how to cook. Cooking was my second job in America. My first job was actually at the age of 13 in Egypt at a bakery for five years. We baked breads and desserts. We were in Egypt before we arrived in America. I arrived in the U.S. February of 2017 in Aurora, CO.</em></p> <p><strong>What was the first thing your mother taught you to cook?</strong></p> <p><em>She started with salads--prepping Tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is a Syrian/Lebanese salad medley dish.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How did you hear about the opportunity at Mango House?</strong></p> <p><em>My parents were regular patients at the old Mango House and they heard that this current building we are in will be bought and it will be a space for refugees. My parents asked to rent a space and they started the restaurant in 2019. Our restaurant opened on 2/15/2019. We were the first restaurant in Mango House. The building was still in phases of construction and not fully complete. It was a little tough when we started the business; there weren’t any signs and no one knew what this building was. It took time for our business to get going</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How did you acclimate when you arrived in the U.S.?</strong></p> <p><em>I entered the U.S. in 2017. I am the older kid of two in my family and so it was some pressure on me. My parents are older and no one knew English in our family. I needed to make sure the rent was paid for the following month and support my parents. I received my first job as a dishwasher in the first week I arrived in the U.S. at a restaurant in downtown and I also went to school full-time. I would use Google translator to communicate. In the restaurant I worked at the chef noticed my work ethic and took me under his wing. The chef asked if I wanted to learn to cook and I told him, that is my career--that is exactly what I want to do. The chef always made time for me even when he had a busy schedule. He saw my hunger to learn. He showed me culinary techniques and after I finished washing dishes I would prep food. After a couple months, I got promoted as a prep cook. By working side-by-side with the chef my English improved. T.V., movies and music also helped me to learn English. In about two to three months, my English improved and I also learned some skills. From there, I received an opportunity for a one-month program at Denver University (DU) where they helped refugees gain skills and experience in the food industry. I continued to go to school full-time and continued my job at the restaurant downtown and I also received an opportunity to work in the kitchen at DU adopting more culinary skills.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>What are your next steps of your family business?</strong></p> <p><em>I am hoping to open a new location. A second Jasmine Syrian. A bigger space. A restaurant with my own dining space, so I can decorate it in true Syrian décor.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Is everything on your menu from your culture? And what is your most popular dish?</strong></p> <p><em>Yes, it is Syrian/Lebanese style. Syria and Lebanon was one country a long time ago. Our food taste just like home. Everyday our food is freshly made. We have pride in our food and our reviews. My mother makes all the desserts at her home as we don’t have an oven here. I pick it up from her daily. Our most popular dishes are the falafel dish and the lamb shank dish.</em></p> <p><strong>There is usually a negative stereotype of refugees in America--what would you like people to know?</strong></p> <p><em>I would like people to know that we are all people, we are human beings, we are all human…we all have hands…a mind…we shouldn’t be mean to others. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what religion, what language you speak, your age and or your color--we are all people. If I witness others making fun of someone for not speaking English or disrespecting someone who is not from here, I am not quiet. I always speak up.</em></p> <p>We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Mohamad’s story. <strong>We will have a cooking demonstration by Mohamad <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/taste-culture-jasmine-syrian">on Tuesday, October 19th from 2-3 p.m.</a>&nbsp;</strong>Join us online to learn more about his journey and how to create your own delicious tabbouleh!</p> <p><strong>Celebrating World Food Day</strong></p> <p>October 16 is <a href="https://www.fao.org/world-food-day/en">World Food Day</a> and it is celebrated worldwide. World Food Day is not only about celebrating the amazing food we indulge in and raising awareness for those who do not have that privilege. Take the time to enjoy your favorite local international cuisines this month. We have a few suggestions:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ardasclinic.com/mangohouse.htm">Mango House</a></strong>, located at 10180 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010, is home to six different amazing restaurants, including Jasmine Syrian Food and Urban Burma, featured in a <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-close-and-cultural">previous post</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://konjoethiopianfood.com/">Konjo Ethiopian Food</a></strong> in Edgewater Public Market: 5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater, CO 80214, provides "healthy, fast and delicious Ethiopian food in a clean, friendly, and convenient dining environment."&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Denver Public Library's <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/index">Cultural Inclusivity department</a> collaborates with Denver's multicultural community to create equitable opportunities for learning, discovery, and connection.</strong></p> <p><strong>We offer Plazas, an open community space where people from all over the world connect with information and resources, building Denver’s global community. Come to practice <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/english">English</a>, prepare for <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/citizenship">citizenship</a>, pursue your goals, and create your future. Whatever you’re doing, <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQFPnwLRrT-ZVK20OSlKrebRuHrwP5UL9_sGXDU_e6QJKfmQ/viewform">we can help</a>!</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/jasmine-syrian-food" hreflang="en">Jasmine Syrian Food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/local-food" hreflang="en">local food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/food" hreflang="en">food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/world-food-day" hreflang="en">World Food Day</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza" hreflang="en">Plaza</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza-voices" hreflang="en">Plaza Voices</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:13:25 +0000 Plaza Voices 579321 at https://www.denverlibrary.org DPL Statement on Afghan Newcomers https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news/michelle/dpl-statement-afghan-newcomers <span>DPL Statement on Afghan Newcomers</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/DPL_logo.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/DPL_logo.jpeg?itok=0L9OwaGG" width="200" height="200" alt="DPL star-shaped logo" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/michelle" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Michelle</span></span> <span>October 14, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Dear Denver Public Library Community,</p> <p>On August 30, 2021, the U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Due to this withdrawal, thousands of people are fleeing Afghanistan to ensure their safety and the safety of their families. An estimated 1,000 to 2,000 Afghan people are expected to resettle in the Denver Metro Area and Colorado Springs over the next 18 months. Our new neighbors will be in need of safety, housing, food assistance, employment, and other essential resources.</p> <p>The Denver Public Library strives to be a welcoming community where everyone thrives. This statement applies to everyone, including our new neighbors. Being forced out of one’s home is a terrible and life-altering ordeal that no one should have to go through. We believe our lived experiences and differences make our community stronger and this couldn’t be more true today. We stand by our value of welcoming everyone and recognizing the inherent dignity of everyone that we serve. We unapologetically focus our limited resources on supporting Denver’s most vulnerable community members, including refugees who have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence.&nbsp;</p> <p>The library stands ready to assist to the best of our ability. Leading the library's response, our Cultural Inclusivity Services, in collaboration with other library departments and partner organizations, will work to identify service needs to support our new community members. Our goal is to design our services and programs to meet the individual and collective needs of our Afghan community members with direct outreach to resettled communities, personalized services and resources in Dari, Farsi, and Pashto, educational supplies to newly resettled children and the education of individuals about the asylum process. &nbsp;</p> <p>Learn <a href="/blog/cultural-inclusivity/amma-r/plaza-voices-evacuated-afghanistan">more</a> about the current situation and what you can personally do to help. We welcome our new neighbors to Colorado, and <strong>together</strong>, we can and will get through these difficult and challenging times.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Michelle Jeske&nbsp;<br /> City Librarian&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:00:00 +0000 Michelle 579118 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Reference Librarians Chasing (Informational) Ghosts https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-events-research/lauren/urban-legends-reference-librarians-chasing-ghosts <span>Reference Librarians Chasing (Informational) Ghosts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/pumpkin%20effigy%203.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/pumpkin%20effigy%203.png?itok=L-H4Tp5Y" width="200" height="268" alt="engraving of 3 children holding up a Jack-o-lantern as 2 other children look on in fear." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/lauren" lang="" about="/users/lauren" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lauren</a></span> <span>October 13, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Autumn is upon us. Leaves change; scarves come out of storage; stores and restaurants burst with pumpkin-flavored options; and we feel pulled towards the thrills of horror movies and other scary stories.</p> <p>Some scary stories seem like they could have actually happened because they deal with everyday life: cars, food, babysitters, malls. But they also feel like they're a little <i>too</i>&nbsp;good to be true: their plots events are just <em>too</em> coincidental and their resolutions are just <em>too</em>&nbsp;ironic or funny. These are called "urban legends," and they are so fascinating that a colleague and I are presenting a virtual program on the subject next week! (Go <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/urban-legends">here</a> to register.) &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But what are urban legends? The phrase itself basically means "contemporary folklore." That may sound like a contradiction because "folklore" sounds old-timey, but my friend the <em>Oxford English Dictionary</em> tells us that folklore is very much a <a href="https://www.oed.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/view/Entry/72546?redirectedFrom=folklore#eid">contemporary phenomenon</a>. Furthermore, "urban" doesn't mean confined to cities: in this context, it just means it's not traditional folklore, i.e., it involves modern life instead of the distant past.</p> <p>One classic example of an urban legend is "<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&amp;db=nlebk&amp;AN=62713&amp;scope=site&amp;ebv=EB&amp;ppid=pp_28">The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs</a>." The story's basic outline: a babysitter receives phone calls threatening her and the children she's sitting with. She calls the police for help, and eventually it's discovered that the assailant was calling from inside the house.&nbsp;This urban legend is so compelling it's been turned into at least <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080130/?ref_=vp_back">one movie</a>. And even though this tales requires the existence of landlines (multiple landlines in the same house, even!) and dated tracing technology, it still <em>feels</em> like it could have happened in our lifetimes.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the things I do as a Reference Services librarian is study misinformation, which means inaccurate or false information that can be spread intentionally or unintentionally by people. Misinformation has been a hot topic in the public discourse for a few years, especially where politics are concerned, although it's by no means confined to the political realm. Misinformation often springs from a specific information about things like dubious scientific studies that claim chocolate milk could improve concussive symptoms (sadly, it most likely <a href="https://www.vox.com/2016/1/16/10777050/university-of-maryland-chocolate-milk">does not</a>).&nbsp;</p> <p>Misinformation and urban legends share a lot of traits. They are both often spread by people who believe they are true. They are both anecdotal, often socially "verified" by someone adjacent to the teller's social circle (a "friend-of-a-friend"). Most importantly for me, they both elicit strong emotions: fear, disgust, surprise. When our emotions are in the driver's seat, we're prone to move rationality to the backseat (or drive off while rationality is still in the gas station bathroom). And our emotional side compels us to share this scary, disgusting, surprising information with others.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One key difference I've found in researching urban legends is that misinformation is much, much easier to debunk. With misinformation, you can pull at a thread and follow it: fact-checkers may have already done helpful analysis, other news sources may not corroborate the claim, authors may not be experts.</p> <p>Urban legends are more elusive. They seem to have happened everywhere and nowhere. In fact, the most famous scholar on the topic, Jan Harold Brunvand, used to receive reports of <a href="http://ezproxy.denverlibrary.org:2048/login?url=https://www.proquest.com/historical-newspapers/250-cookie-recipe-exposed/docview/109748293/se-2?accountid=37073">nearly identical urban legends</a> from all over the country. For debunking urban legends the gold standard is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.snopes.com/sitemap/">Snopes</a>, the famous debunking website that actually got its start by demystifying modern folklore in the 1990s (and, oh joy! they cite their sources).</p> <p>One problem with the act of debunking is that it requires a thread to pull at: there should be a correction, retraction, analysis. Retractions of bizarre, email-forward-worthy, human-interest-type stories (as opposed to a claim made by a public figure) are rare. As part of our research for this program, I chased down un- or under-cited stories as best I could using tools like <a href="http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/hnpnewyorktimes?accountid=37073">New York Times Historical Backfile</a>, <a href="http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/news?accountid=37073">Major Daily Newspapers</a>,&nbsp;or our <a href="https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p15330coll27/search">Western History Subject Index</a>. When that failed, I also used Snopes, Internet Archive's <a href="https://web.archive.org/">Wayback Machine</a>, some really intense Googling, and even combed through Facebook comments trying to source viral videos.</p> <p>In a couple of cases, I had multiple sources reference a single source without fully citing it. Sometimes persistence, the right combination of keywords, and the Wayback Machine delivered the glorious mana I sought. Sometimes, I just hit dead ends. Once I waited weeks for the 1983 book&nbsp;<em><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb10788132">Mysterious America</a>&nbsp;</em>to come through&nbsp;<a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/?lang=eng">Prospector</a>. This book was referenced by <a href="https://www.deseret.com/1991/8/9/18935251/someone-keeps-sending-in-the-phantom-clowns">several</a> <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/killer-clowns-inside-the-terrifying-hoax-sweeping-america-129505/">articles</a> about phantom clown sightings in Denver in 1981. Once I finally had the book in hand, I discovered the original information had been sent to the author from a personal network rather than a traceable report. Chasing down informational ghosts can take up a lot of time most of us simply don't have, especially when misinformation throws your emotions into overdrive.</p> <p>Most urban legends seem to have no certain origin and the search for concrete evidence can lead you to the dead end of a long and winding road. So it helps if you can engage in some&nbsp;<a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/misinformation-desk/202108/what-is-prebunking"><em>prebunking</em></a>, the informational equivalent of the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prebunking helps us understand the mechanisms that drive misinformation, whether that's how it is disseminated or whether the misinformation relies on recycled themes we've seen before. As I leafed through Brunvand's <a href="https://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.denverlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&amp;db=nlebk&amp;AN=62713&amp;scope=site&amp;ebv=EB&amp;ppid=pp_COVER"><i>Encyclopedia of Urban Legends</i></a>, I started to see patterns emerge in the stories: there was fear of "the other" (typically members of a marginalized community), there were warnings of disrupting the social order, there were anxieties about consumables created by processes unseen. There's an improbable coincidence, a sudden twist, an abrupt end--and a memorable story with few specifics begging to spread to an eager audience.</p> <p>Why does it matter if there never was a man calling from inside the house or if Neiman Marcus never had a cookie recipe? Because urban legends may be fun and fascinating, but they also express our social anxieties, and those anxieties can go to some pretty ugly places: racism, xenophobia, endangered children are a few. It's important to know these things because sometimes the shiniest apples have worms inside. And that knowledge is what exposing misinformation--in all its forms--is all about.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Got questions about urban legends or verifying information? Register for <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/urban-legends">our virtual program</a>, next Thursday, October 21, at 6:30pm. Or you can contact us by using our <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ask">Ask Us</a> service, or by calling 720-865-1111.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The image used for this blog post, "Pumpkin Effigy" by L.W. Atwarer, was originally published in </em>Harper's Weekly<em>&nbsp;in 1867 and is now in the public domain. It can be accessed <a href="https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/files/2018/10/pumpkin-effigy.jpg">here</a>&nbsp;via Library of Congress.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-events" hreflang="en">Library Events</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/research" hreflang="en">Research</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/research" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/urban-legends" hreflang="en">urban legends</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/halloween" hreflang="en">Halloween</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/misinformation" hreflang="en">misinformation</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 22:48:17 +0000 Lauren 579125 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Library to Retire volumedenver.org Website October 19 https://www.denverlibrary.org/volume <span>Library to Retire volumedenver.org Website October 19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/volume.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/volume.jpeg?itok=2oVLzP0i" width="200" height="178" alt="volumedenver.org logo with volume dial set to 11" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span>October 12, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>After 7 years of sharing free music streaming and downloads with our community, the Denver Public Library will be retiring the volumedenver.org website on Tuesday, October 19.&nbsp;</p> <p>The decision to discontinue this service was difficult but necessary. The music landscape has changed a lot in the last few years with the ubiquity of other streaming services, including free options like SoundCloud and YouTube that have a much larger reach and features difficult to match. That competition is no doubt a large factor in our steadily decreasing streaming and download numbers. Staffing and technical considerations also played a part in this decision.&nbsp;<br /> It’s been a great ride. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project as an artist or a listener.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/volume-denver" hreflang="en">Volume Denver</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/streaming-music" hreflang="en">streaming music</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/volume" hreflang="en">Volume</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 12 Oct 2021 13:00:00 +0000 james 578277 at https://www.denverlibrary.org SciFri Book Club Fall Pick: Rising, Dispatches from the New American Shore https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/dodie/scifri-book-club-fall-pick-rising-dispatches-new-american-shore <span>SciFri Book Club Fall Pick: Rising, Dispatches from the New American Shore</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/rising2.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/rising2.jpg?itok=DEBA5Pxl" width="200" height="308" alt="cover: Rising" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>October 4, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/scifri%20book%20club%20logo.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/scifri%20book%20club%20logo.png?itok=bZ04YBuA" width="200" height="95" alt="logo: SciiFri Book Club" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/flooding%20in%20stuttgart.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/flooding%20in%20stuttgart.jpeg?itok=LZUYVb7a" width="200" height="133" alt="image: flooding in Stuttgart" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/scifri%20educator%20resource.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/scifri%20educator%20resource.JPG?itok=2ROxy2uR" width="200" height="123" alt="inage: scifri educator resources" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Science Friday Book Club is back this fall! Join DPL readers and SciFri Book Clubbers for an exploration of climate change, coastal flooding, and its effects on communities around the country with Elizabeth Rush’s <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/spotlights/book-club-rising/"><em>Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore</em></a>. Published in 2018, the book voyages to communities in Louisiana, Staten Island New York, coastal Florida, the Bay Area of California, and the forests of Cascadia and asks us to witness the slow, the fast, and the inexorable changes wrought by global warming.&nbsp;</p> <p>The SciFri Book Club features <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/events/">programming</a> to go along with the read, whether your thing is trivia or participating in live radio! And no need to leave young readers behind -&nbsp;Science Friday partners with educators and scientists to create <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/educate/">free STEM activities</a>, lessons, and resources for all learners.</p> <p>While <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=1799607">print copies</a> are limited, the <a href="https://denver.overdrive.com/media/4148265">ebook version of&nbsp;<em>Rising</em></a>&nbsp;will be <strong>always available</strong> through October!</p> <p>Have you ever had to outrun a hurricane or flash flood? Tell us about in in the comments!</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/climate-change" hreflang="en">climate change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/coastal-flooding" hreflang="en">coastal flooding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/elizabeth-rush" hreflang="en">Elizabeth Rush</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/science-friday-book-club" hreflang="en">science friday book club</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=578684&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="D711B3IA-nlNwxBit6ujP-tyNw5aZcPcxpeQVfojXo4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 18:49:59 +0000 Dodie 578684 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-events-movies/laurie/conflict-resolution-month-colorado <span>Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Conflict%20Resolution%20for%20Holy%20Beings.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Conflict%20Resolution%20for%20Holy%20Beings.jpg?itok=DMCxIAvT" width="200" height="303" alt="Book Cover Conflict Resolution Month for Holy Beings" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/laurie" lang="" about="/users/laurie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Laurie.</a></span> <span>October 4, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Best%20of%20Enemies.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Best%20of%20Enemies.jpg?itok=UkgNCx9Y" width="200" height="286" alt="DVD cover, The Best of Enemies (2019)" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>October signals a change in weather and also an opportunity for a change of heart, Denver Public Library begins Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado’s 2021 community read: </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1409820,2226015,2226057"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> by </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.joyharjo.com/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joy Harjo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Indigenous person to carry this honor. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://conflictcenter.org/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Conflict Center</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> for two virtual discussions and participate online or dial-in by phone. If you need assistance with registration below, help is available at (720) 865-1111 and </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ask"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>AskUs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/poetry-joy-harjo-conflict-resolution-month-book-discussion"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Poetry of Joy Harjo: Conflict Resolution Month Book Discussion</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Oct 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>First 15 local registrations for the program will receive a copy of Joy Harjo’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><a><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> prior to the event!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/best-enemies-conflict-resolution-month-film-discussion"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Best of Enemies: Conflict Resolution Film Discussion</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Oct 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cinema provides another opportunity to learn about resolving conflict in our communities!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us for one or all of these programs, and discover more about upcoming virtual and in person events <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/events/upcoming">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mitakuye Oyasin / </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We Are All Relatives, </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Guest blogger DPL Librarian Randell </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Indigenous Talking Circle</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blog/books-library-events-movies/laurie/conflict-resolution-month-colorado#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-events" hreflang="en">Library Events</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/conflict-resolution" hreflang="en">conflict resolution</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/genocide" hreflang="en">genocide</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/history" hreflang="en">history</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/poetry" hreflang="en">poetry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/racism" hreflang="en">racism</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/movies" hreflang="en">movies</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-10312" about="/comment/10312" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1633232529"></mark> <footer> <p><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mary Zinn</span></span> on October 2, 2021 <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-10-03T03:42:09+00:00" class="hidden"></span> </p> </footer> <div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Comment</div> <div property="schema:text" class="field--item"><p>This is so beautifully written... so welcoming!! Thank you and the Denver Public Library for your devotion and hard work!!!</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=10312&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="docaFO1t_Y-GzmziuTEUkmcsGvyAy6Egn6GvYTsgijQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <nav class="pager-nav text-center" role="navigation" aria-labelledby="pagination-heading"> <h4 id="pagination-heading" class="visually-hidden">Pagination</h4> <ul class="pagination js-pager__items"> <li class="pager__item is-active active"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=0%2C0" title="Current page"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Current page </span>1</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=1%2C0" title="Go to page 2"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>2</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=2%2C0" title="Go to page 3"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>3</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=3%2C0" title="Go to page 4"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>4</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=4%2C0" title="Go to page 5"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>5</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=5%2C0" title="Go to page 6"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>6</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=6%2C0" title="Go to page 7"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>7</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=7%2C0" title="Go to page 8"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>8</a> </li> <li class="pager__item"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=8%2C0" title="Go to page 9"> <span class="visually-hidden"> Page </span>9</a> </li> <li class="pager__item pager__item--next"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=1%2C0" title="Go to next page" rel="next"> <span class="visually-hidden">Next page</span> <span aria-hidden="true">next</span> </a> </li> <li class="pager__item pager__item--last"> <a href="/blog/rss.xml?page=28%2C0" title="Go to last page" rel="last"> <span class="visually-hidden">Last page</span> <span aria-hidden="true">last</span> </a> </li> </ul> </nav> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=578398&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="8ODny7UsPZcQRFuKnfHkQllFA7TuZ_WI0zwWAoNpJAw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 06:00:00 +0000 Laurie. 578398 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Evacuated from Afghanistan https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/amma-r/plaza-voices-evacuated-afghanistan <span>Plaza Voices: Evacuated from Afghanistan</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/10/AF-map.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/10/AF-map.jpg?itok=fR_UZ65r" width="200" height="215" alt="Map of Afghanistan, from CIA World Factbook" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/amanda-r" lang="" about="/users/amanda-r" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Amma R.</a></span> <span>October 1, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>An estimated 70,000 to 90,000 people evacuated from <a href="https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/afghanistan.html">Afghanistan</a> are expected to arrive in the U.S. following the withdrawal of U.S. troops on August 30, 2021. <a href="https://cdhs.colorado.gov/crsp">Colorado</a> is expecting to welcome 1,000 to 2,000 evacuees, mostly in Denver.&nbsp;</p> <p>People who served the U.S. government and American contractors, and individuals who supported coalition forces, including journalists and women’s rights activists, have been prioritized for evacuation. Their alliance with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has put their lives and the lives of their families at risk.</p> <p>Though many evacuees face similar threats, they may arrive under different <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pb9R_zuKtXDKO5ft88V1K8eBMExmf__A/view?usp=sharing">immigration statuses</a>. The majority are expected to enter under Humanitarian Parole, a temporary emergency status that allows people to apply for asylum and work authorization. Others will have Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), or be under SQ and SI Parole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Afghan evacuees will face a variety of immediate needs, including:</p> <ul> <li>Short-term housing and cash assistance</li> <li>Longer term housing aimed at stability&nbsp;</li> <li>Health response for physical and mental health needs</li> <li>Food stability for parolees eligible for food assistance benefits</li> <li>Employment and training opportunities&nbsp;</li> <li>Additional supports for resettlement infrastructure capacity needs</li> <li>Legal services for parolees seeking asylum and other pathways to permanency</li> </ul> <p>Three Colorado refugee resettlement agencies will be working to support arriving evacuees: <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pb9R_zuKtXDKO5ft88V1K8eBMExmf__A/view?usp=sharing">ECDC/African Community Center</a>, <a href="https://www.rescue.org/united-states/denver-co">International Rescue Committee</a>, and<a href="https://www.lfsrm.org/"> Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains</a>. All arriving Afghan evacuees, regardless of immigration status, will be eligible for initial services at these resettlement agencies.&nbsp;</p> <p>The best way to help is to donate or volunteer with these agencies. For more information, please see this document from Colorado Refugee Connect, <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dRmQjbCOUOyyWl-XzDYxbmQvh0LUPsS1/view?usp=sharing">How You Can Help Afghan Newcomers</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Additional Resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://cdhs.colorado.gov/crsp">Colorado Refugee Services Program</a></p> <p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_wSdyYc7IEygHW4Akhh4u1osH0Qqo9Hh/view">Frequently Asked Questions about Afghan Arrivals</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pb9R_zuKtXDKO5ft88V1K8eBMExmf__A/view?usp=sharing">Afghan Evacuee Overview and Benefits Eligibility</a></p> <p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dRmQjbCOUOyyWl-XzDYxbmQvh0LUPsS1/view?usp=sharing">How You Can Help Afghan Newcomers</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxetepn8S4LIWWduRUJSby1mV1Qxd0plWjRSQ1FvX2dia3lZ/view?usp=sharing&amp;resourcekey=0-Fz7zpUyZTLjNfj90DiHclw">Infographic: state-coordinated refugee assistance</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/CVgCPlydcOs">Video: How do Refugees Get to Colorado</a></p> <p><strong>The Denver Public Library's <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/index">Cultural Inclusivity department</a> collaborates with Denver's multicultural community to create equitable opportunities for learning, discovery, and connection.</strong></p> <p><strong>We offer Plazas, an open community space where people from all over the world connect with information and resources, building Denver’s global community. Come to practice <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/english">English</a>, prepare for <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/citizenship">citizenship</a>, pursue your goals, and create your future. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQFPnwLRrT-ZVK20OSlKrebRuHrwP5UL9_sGXDU_e6QJKfmQ/viewform">Whatever you’re doing, we can help</a>!</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/refugees" hreflang="en">refugees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/asylees" hreflang="en">asylees</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/afghanistan" hreflang="en">afghanistan</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/afghanistan-war" hreflang="en">Afghanistan war</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza-voices" hreflang="en">Plaza Voices</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:05:23 +0000 Amma R. 578513 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Celebrate the Right to Read! Banned Books Week 2021 https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-equity-teen/dodie/celebrate-right-read-banned-books-week-2021 <span>Celebrate the Right to Read! Banned Books Week 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/banned%20books%20week%20logo.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/banned%20books%20week%20logo.png?itok=N0DAHqI_" width="200" height="138" alt="logo: Banned Books Week" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> <span>September 27, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/books%20unite%20us.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/books%20unite%20us.png?itok=9s1IDROq" width="200" height="309" alt="poster: books unite us" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/stamped.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/stamped.jpg?itok=gFqnRWmz" width="144" height="218" alt="cover: stamped" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/something%20happened%20in%20our%20town.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/something%20happened%20in%20our%20town.jpg?itok=BERlXLxw" width="174" height="218" alt="cover: something happened in our town" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Gie%CC%82%CC%81t%20con%20chim%20nha%CC%A3i.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Gie%CC%82%CC%81t%20con%20chim%20nha%CC%A3i.jpg?itok=jU8LINhV" width="150" height="218" alt="cover: Giết con chim nhại" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/el%20odio%20que%20das.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/el%20odio%20que%20das.jpg?itok=PQxaZY2b" width="126" height="218" alt="cover: el odio que das" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Books unite us. Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers. This year’s Banned Books Week theme draws attention to the benefits of unrestricted reading and the harms of censorship.</p> <p>By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. The Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020 are:</p> <p>1, <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1438716,1449699,2203055,1398956,2222246"><em>George</em></a> by Alex Gino. Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community.”</p> <p>2. <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=Stamped:%20Racism,%20Antiracism,%20and%20You&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=2"><em>Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You</em></a> by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Banned and challenged because of the author’s public statements and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people.</p> <p>3. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1409494,1584092,2140606"><em>All American Boys</em></a> by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism and because it was thought to promote antipolice views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now.”</p> <p>4. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=356587,1100684,1731574,1744631"><em>Speak</em></a> by Laurie Halse Anderson. Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint, it was claimed to be biased against male students, and it included rape and profanity.</p> <p>5. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=673127,692404,1068493,1454211"><em>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian</em></a> by Sherman Alexie. Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of the author.</p> <p>6. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2016890,2140595"><em>Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice</em></a> by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote antipolice views.</p> <p>7. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1885414, 632106,1636074,125008,1432040,734254,2247791"><em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em></a> by Harper Lee. Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience.</p> <p>8. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=959081, 418914,1639370,2269993,1342614,432057,927681,1997707,1974300"><em>Of Mice and Men</em></a> by John Steinbeck. Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes and their negative effect on students.</p> <p>9. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=430119,927568,2105626"><em>The Bluest Eye</em></a> by Toni Morrison. Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse.</p> <p>10. <a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1592906,1691118,1618377,1630080,1630110,1912256,1910071"><em>The Hate U Give</em></a> by Angie Thomas. Challenged for profanity, and because it was thought to promote an antipolice message.</p> <p>Check out this list of <a href="https://bannedbooksweek.org/events/">Banned Book Week events</a> around the world, and check out a banned book today!</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blog/books-equity-teen/dodie/celebrate-right-read-banned-books-week-2021#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/equity" hreflang="en">Equity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/teen" hreflang="en">Teen</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/banned-books-week" hreflang="en">banned books week</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/access" hreflang="en">access</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/censorship" hreflang="en">censorship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/intellectual-freedom" hreflang="en">intellectual freedom</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/multicultural" hreflang="en">multicultural</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-10311" about="/comment/10311" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1632766606"></mark> <footer> <p><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kevin Jones</span></span> on September 27, 2021 <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-09-27T18:16:46+00:00" class="hidden"></span> </p> </footer> <div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Comment</div> <div property="schema:text" class="field--item"><p>Ryan T. Anderson's When Harry Became Sally was delisted from Amazon. This good-faith critique of transgender philosophical, medical and political claims is very much worth mentioning on lists like these.</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=10311&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NPk7zGjEIRcbTi3Rilhr3wCX9iby3N9zEUeN97ANZ84"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="502" id="comment-10313" about="/comment/10313" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1633276448"></mark> <footer> <p><span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dodie" lang="" about="/users/dodie" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dodie</a></span> on October 3, 2021 <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-10-03T15:54:08+00:00" class="hidden"></span> </p> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/10311#comment-10311" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Ryan T. Anderson&#039;s When…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kevin Jones</span></p> </footer> <div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Comment</div> <div property="schema:text" class="field--item"><p>Thanks for your comment, Kevin. 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Rachel Dinda (aka Dreamscaper) https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/angela/ex-libris-denver-artists-rachel-dinda-aka-dreamscaper <span>Ex Libris: Denver Artists - Rachel Dinda (aka Dreamscaper)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/dreamscaper6jpg.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/dreamscaper6jpg.jpg?itok=YJZb9OTD" width="200" height="187" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span>September 22, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/IMG_0781.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/IMG_0781.jpg?itok=fC4m4PGA" width="200" height="238" alt="Rachel Dinda outside the Broadway Branch Library" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/20200120_144622.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/20200120_144622.jpg?itok=afWmRk5z" width="200" height="95" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/20200610_202200.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/20200610_202200.jpg?itok=g2j2RRGa" width="200" height="267" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/608b8dc0a7b12a169ff89712_Mural%20RFI_Dinda_Image3.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/608b8dc0a7b12a169ff89712_Mural%20RFI_Dinda_Image3.jpeg?itok=03s0adVR" width="200" height="198" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/20201021_113324.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/20201021_113324.jpg?itok=KI2OmRrf" width="200" height="150" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/20210807_165709_3.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/20210807_165709_3.jpg?itok=C73QdL9U" width="200" height="167" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/20210826_123731.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/20210826_123731.jpg?itok=7DTIfFlk" width="200" height="95" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/72140188_10156229930681432_7614038831741796352_n.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/72140188_10156229930681432_7614038831741796352_n.jpg?itok=UizOGjuh" width="200" height="90" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/178843318_3888799821207440_691658098836361286_n.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/178843318_3888799821207440_691658098836361286_n.jpg?itok=TLFqP6Q7" width="200" height="202" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/dreamscaper4.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/dreamscaper4.jpg?itok=L8NrqytD" width="200" height="200" alt="Art by Rachel Dinda" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If you have ever set foot on a beach or a hiking trail in Hawaii, then you know the power of the island. The smell of the earth, the depth and color of the foliage and the vast array of wildlife…this is what set the flame in a 21 year old Rachel Dinda aka Dreamscaper, when she relocated there for a few years and realized that she needed to take her talent with paints to a whole new level.</p> <p>When she returned to Colorado a few years later she hit the ground running with not only becoming a nurse but also putting up murals all over the state, and when she ran out of walls here she started going national with murals in Connecticut and Washington DC. Next up, global by completing a mural in Italy and soon the UK. All while helping people stay healthy and donating time and art to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Linked-4-Life-100447271786770/">Linked4life</a> fund, an organization focused on mental health.</p> <p>We were lucky enough to catch her returning from another painting trip and fresh out of her scrubs to ask her a few questions about her love of books.</p> <p>Learn more and follow Rachel:<br /> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dreamscape_r/">Instagram</a>&nbsp;| <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rachel.dinda.1">Facebook</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://linktr.ee/Dreamscape_r">Linktree</a></p> <h2>Rachel Dinda on Art, Books, and Libraries</h2> <ol> <li><b>What book as a kid, influenced your imagination to pick up a crayon and begin making art?</b> <p> I was a huge fan of the <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?keyword=inkheart%20cornelia%20funke">Inkheart series</a> by Cornelia Funke, it was such a cool story that incorporated nature and talking animals as well as books as one of the main characters is a bookbinder. I loved the idea that reading about a character could make it pop from a book and I think as a kid I kind of drew with a bit of imagination, hoping that drawings might do the same. It also gave me a sense of adventure with the characters traveling and exploring while trying to continue the art of bookbinding and the stories that came from it, the book definitely had a small part to play in my adventures in Hawaii.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>What book are you currently reading that influences you in either a creative way or a professional </b><b>way?</b> <p> Currently I am deep in the <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?isbn=9781936891023">War of Art: Winning the Creative Inner Battle</a> by Stephen Pressfield. It’s a book that addresses the resistance that many artists feel when trying to express themselves and gives them steps on overcoming it and freeing your creativity. &nbsp;As I grow as an artist I want to make sure I can paint outside the lines and always challenge myself to go bigger, brighter and always more colorful.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>What do you think is the most important resource that Libraries provide to you as an artist?</b> <p> As much as I love running my fingers down rows of books about art and nature I have to say that <a href="/services">access to information and having a safe place to use the internet</a> has saved me more than once in my travels and I am sure is the same for people traveling to Denver. It is nice to have a place to research designs or animals when you are not in your own city and then make printouts while having Librarians to help you with the whole process.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>What is your current/favorite/most-used branch of the Denver Public Library?</b> <p> I think it would have to be the <a href="/content/central-library">Central</a> branch downtown. I split my time between Denver and Colorado Springs with my nursing job so having a centrally located branch with all the history that building has is pretty cool. The <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=art%20709&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=(TOM=bks%20NOT%20TOM=ebk)&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=23">art book collection</a> is massive and as an artist who often has money tied up in projects and travel, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/">free DVDs and Books on CD</a> are a total plus.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>If you were offered a gigantic wall on the outside of a Library, what would your paint to display what a library means to you?</b> <p> I thought a lot about this question, as I have always wanted to do a gigantic mural based on <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?keyword=Aesop's%20Fables">Aesop’s Fables</a>. There are so many cool animals and characters with so much emotion tied into them as well as fun metaphors to play with. I think it would be awesome to try to pack as many as I could into a giant wall that would be impactful to kids and adults alike, a library would be the perfect canvas for that idea.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><em>Ex Libris: Denver Artists is a series featuring local street artists, focusing on their connection to books and the importance of libraries to the artistic community. Series concept and interview by Sean Ryerson.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/teen" hreflang="en">Teen</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/street-art" hreflang="en">street art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/library-love" hreflang="en">library love</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/ex-libris" hreflang="en">Ex Libris</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/rachel-dinda" hreflang="en">Rachel Dinda</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/dreamscaper" hreflang="en">Dreamscaper</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 23:26:12 +0000 angela 578060 at https://www.denverlibrary.org What's Growin On: the History and Politics of Seed Saving https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books/heidie/whats-growin-history-and-politics-seed-saving <span>What&#039;s Growin On: the History and Politics of Seed Saving</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/sunflowerinfield.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/sunflowerinfield.jpg?itok=8tT5NYbp" width="200" height="267" alt="Photo of sunflower in wildflower field" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/heyoung" lang="" about="/users/heyoung" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">heidi.e</a></span> <span>September 22, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/brassica.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/brassica.png?itok=IMex3bRB" width="200" height="125" alt="Illustration showing a the different vegetables bred from a wild brassica plant" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/map3.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/map3.jpg?itok=2SlK0c2w" width="200" height="131" alt="map that demonstrates the centers of origin identified by Nikolai Vavilov" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/map2.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/map2.jpg?itok=rwrrY-64" width="200" height="279" alt="Infographic showing how many food varieties have been lost in the last 80 years" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/seedlibrary2.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/seedlibrary2.jpg?itok=Dxx2OyDb" width="200" height="308" alt="Illustration of an old library by Jeff Quattrone for Library Seed Bank" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/cookinggene.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/cookinggene.jpg?itok=2dwfUlTU" width="200" height="301" alt="Book cover of &quot;the Cooking Gene&quot;" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/farmingwhileblack.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/farmingwhileblack.jpg?itok=qF5eruB1" width="200" height="250" alt="Book cover of &quot;Farming While Black&quot;" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-center"><em><strong>“We do not own seeds, we borrow them from our children”&nbsp;<br /> Rowen White</strong></em></p> <p>The story of seeds is also the story of us. Over millennia, humans and seeds have co-evolved together, as people throughout history and across cultures have practiced the act of selecting and saving seeds from the plants around them. As indigenous seedkeeper <a href="https://sierraseeds.org/rowens-story/">Rowen White</a> has described, both plants and people have each given up a bit of our wildness, becoming domesticated through our reliance on each other for both sustenance and care. Here in the Americas, for example, indigenous peoples co-created corn through the selective breeding of wild grasses over multiple generations.&nbsp;</p> <p>This process of saving and selecting seeds over time is how many of the food plants we’re familiar with today came to be. Foodways in the US have also been deeply impacted by the resilience and determination of kidnapped Africans who braided seeds into their hair before crossing the Middle Passage (read more in <em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn= 1663114, 1708074, 2141364">The Cooking Gene</a>&nbsp;and</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn= 1881293, 2141405"><em>Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land</em></a>). And everyday farmers, gardeners, grandmothers, cooks, and botanists carried on the legacy season after season.</p> <p>In the mid 1800s the story of seeds takes a dramatic turn, as a series of government based programs, policies, offices and associations were formed, discouraging everyday folks from saving their own seeds. These practices culminated in 1980, when the US Supreme Court determined that living organisms and their genetic material could be patented, making it illegal to save seeds from patented plants. The commodification and patentability of seeds has resulted in not only a loss of knowledge and cultural practices, but also the loss of countless varieties of plants - studies estimate that number is close to 75%. This kind of loss or lack of diversity results in weakened food systems that are susceptible to collapse.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, not all is lost! There is a growing movement to bring seeds back into the commons. In the last 20 years alone, over 450 seed libraries have been established around the world - 3 of them can be found in Denver Public Library branches (with more on the way)! Other efforts to subvert the <a href="https://philhowardnet.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/Seed2018-1.pdf">monopoly of the global seed market</a> include returning seeds to their indigenous stewards through a process known as <a href="https://sierraseeds.org/seed-rematriation/">seed rematriation</a>, <a href="https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2019/06/indian-farmers-plant-gmo-seeds-civil-disobedience-satyagraha-protest/">farmworker protests across India</a>, <a href="https://viacampesina.org/en/what-are-we-fighting-for/biodiversity-and-genetic-resources/seed-campaign/">La Via Campesina</a>, and the establishment of organizations like <a href="https://rockymountainseeds.org/">Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance</a> and <a href="https://www.nativeseeds.org/">Native Seeds/SEARCH</a> - just to name a few. It’s vital to acknowledge that much of the current trajectory of this story is inextricable from work led by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, and people from the Global South.</p> <p>Each of us can write ourselves back into the story of seeds, which is also the story of our collective future. By saving seeds from healthy plants in our gardens, we can be active participants in creating a hyper-localized food system with plants that are well adapted to our particular growing conditions. We can grow health, community, culture, and diversity from our very own backyards, urban farms, and community garden plots - it all starts with a single seed.</p> <p>If you’d like to learn more about how to save seeds yourself, <a href="https://www.communityseednetwork.org/resources/">countless resources exist</a>. Get curious, explore!&nbsp;</p> <p>Join us at our upcoming <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/seed-festival">Seed Festival</a> where we’ll be swapping and cleaning seeds, learning about vermicompost and bees, and more!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>~written by Amelia E.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/books" hreflang="en">Books</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/growwithdpl" hreflang="en">growwithDPL</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/seed-library" hreflang="en">seed library</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/seed-exchange" hreflang="en">seed exchange</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/gardening" hreflang="en">gardening</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=577981&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="uW30TsYNq2vZJaqmoZFoKhQhQtlUudbPx6elJfzIdjc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:18:55 +0000 heidi.e 577981 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Join Us for the Latino Community Service Awards Ceremony https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-events/jgosalvez/join-us-latino-community-service-awards-ceremony <span>Join Us for the Latino Community Service Awards Ceremony</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Latino%20Awards%20image01%20%282%29.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Latino%20Awards%20image01%20%282%29.jpg?itok=te26bxwW" width="200" height="156" alt="Flyer for 2021 Latino Community Service Awards with event details. Colorful patterns in corner with beige painted canvas background." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jgosalvez" lang="" about="/users/jgosalvez" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jgosalvez</a></span> <span>September 21, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. the Denver Public Library will host its annual <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/latino-awards">Latino Community Service Awards</a>, an event to honor five Latino community members for their leadership and service to the community. Established in 2002, the Latino Community Service Awards recognize Latino leaders who have made a deep and lasting impact on the city and state. The awards presentations are part of the library’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/HHM"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hispanic Heritage Month</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> celebration and will be held at the <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/content/rodolfo-corky-gonzales-branch-library">Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library</a> located at 1498 N. Irving Street. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>The 2021 award recipients are</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Phillip Benitez Gallegos</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>, Jr. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eric J. Duran Community Service Award</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gloria Rubio-Cortés</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The library will also induct three members into the</span></span></span></span></span></span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span> César Chávez Leadership Hall of Fame</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Veronica Barela</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Geraldine Irene Gonzales (posthumous inductee)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shirley Romero Otero</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong>Tune in live, on Zoom!</strong><br /> When: Oct 9, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)<br /> Topic: 2021 Denver Public Library Latino Community Service Awards Livestream<br /><br /> Please click the link below to join the webinar:<br /><a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82777381240?pwd=SC9wRnlnVDJCUys0UmtCdnRrVzFUQT09">https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82777381240?pwd=SC9wRnlnVDJCUys0UmtCdnRrVzFUQT09</a><br /> Password: 339911</p></div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-events" hreflang="en">Library Events</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/latino-awards" hreflang="en">Latino Awards</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 20:09:14 +0000 jgosalvez 577943 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Denver Public Library’s New Strategic Roadmap & Action Plan https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/library-news/michelle/denver-public-librarys-new-strategic-roadmap-action-plan <span>Denver Public Library’s New Strategic Roadmap &amp; Action Plan</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Roadmap.png"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Roadmap.png?itok=7g_ajZkv" width="200" height="154" alt="2021-23 Strategic Roadmap: Charting the Course. Strong Library. Strong Community." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/michelle" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Michelle</span></span> <span>September 20, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Dear Library Community,</p> <p>We’re pleased to share our new <a href="/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Strategic%20Roadmap_2021-2023_DIGITAL.pdf">Strategic Roadmap</a> and <a href="/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/DPL2021ActionPlan.pdf">Action Plan</a> with you. In 2019, we kicked off a strategic planning process to guide the future of the library for the next several years. Throughout this process we engaged community members, staff, and our Library Commission to inform the plan.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Strategic Roadmap is rooted in our mission (Together, we create welcoming spaces where all are free to explore and connect.), vision (A strong community where everyone thrives.), &nbsp;and values (Welcoming, Curiosity, Connection, Equity, and Stewardship). The Strategic Roadmap will help us ensure that the library is a place that both welcomes community in our spaces but also meets our diverse communities where they are, reimagines our spaces to reflect community use, and ensures we focus on the well-being of internal staff culture while remaining responsible stewards of public funds.</p> <p>We hope you take some time to explore the plan and learn more.</p> <p>Sincerely,<br /> Michelle Jeske<br /> City Librarian&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/library-news" hreflang="en">Library News</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/strategic-roadmap" hreflang="en">strategic roadmap</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/action-plan" hreflang="en">action plan</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:51:03 +0000 Michelle 577856 at https://www.denverlibrary.org DPL Staff Movie Picks: September https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/movies/lhallnance/dpl-staff-movie-picks-september-0 <span>DPL Staff Movie Picks: September</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Alternatino.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Alternatino.jpg?itok=TdHoRqEc" width="200" height="286" alt="alternatino" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/lhall-nance" lang="" about="/users/lhall-nance" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lhall-nance</a></span> <span>September 15, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-multiple-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/spiderman.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/spiderman.jpg?itok=7jKMEZAw" width="200" height="286" alt="Spider" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Fools.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Fools.jpg?itok=4tgyo2Dr" width="200" height="286" alt="Fools" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/jamon.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/jamon.jpg?itok=WGHhZw04" width="200" height="286" alt="Jamon" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/half.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/half.jpg?itok=aKA7hknm" width="200" height="286" alt="Half" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Pan.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Pan.jpg?itok=6fK5kLtG" width="200" height="286" alt="Pan" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Wolf.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Wolf.jpg?itok=JIqxCYgL" width="200" height="113" alt="Wolf" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/Family.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/Family.jpg?itok=UNswXZ7E" width="200" height="286" alt="family" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/city.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/city.jpg?itok=Sxd294v-" width="200" height="286" alt="City" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Fall is on the way! Time for some pumpkin spice flavored everything and cooler weather...or not. Either way, can you believe it is already September?! It's Hispanic Heritage Month and our staff here at DPL has recommended a variety of movies and TV shows that celebrate and recognize the Hispanic creating community. Be sure to check out some of the ones mentioned and more at any of our 26 branches cause I think it is safe to say on the behalf of all of our staff...we miss you!</p> <p>Nearly all Denver Public Library locations are open for walk-in services but if you’re not yet comfortable coming out to public spaces, we still have so many services available! We have <a href="https://denverlibrary.kanopy.com/">Kanopy</a>, which is always updating with new, awesome films ranging from documentaries to indie films and classics to blockbusters, all for at-home streaming. We also have a great virtual program going for all my movie lovers out there called <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/what-were-watching-monstering-other-john-anzalone">What We’re Watching</a>, where you can meet up and have discussions with the Denver Cinema Club about movies and television series. This coming October will be part 1 of a 2 part special discussion featuring special guest John Anzalon so be sure to check it out!</p> <p>Also, as you know, so many great movies are adapted from great books, so if you’re looking for your next great read, feel free to try our <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads">Personalized Reading List</a> service, in which our librarians will review what you have loved to read in the past and create a list of new titles specifically designed for you. We’ll also make you a <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-news/stacey/new-library-bundles-curbside">Curbside Bundle</a> full of surprises, if you’d like!</p> <p>See you next month, stay safe, sane, and watch a movie!</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stacey</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2222613"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alternatino with Arturo Castro</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, season 1 (2020) DVD</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This sketch show humorously skewers Castro’s experiences as a Latinx millennial in the United States. Castro impressively plays 40+ characters over the season, showcasing his satirical range to cover the personal and political. Uneven at times, it shows promise and will make you squirm as you laugh.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1935939,%201938110"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (2018) DVD and Blu-ray</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. (From directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Le’ Trail</span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1680814"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fools Rush In</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> (1997) DVD</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On a whim, Alex proposes to Isabel, who became pregnant as a result of a casual night of passion they shared.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lainie</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1770168"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jamón, Jamón</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (1992) DVD; Spanish</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In this first film in the Iberian Trilogy directed by Bigas Luna, followed by </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb28620622"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Huevos de Oro</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> and </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/957760769"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>La Teta y La Luna</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, you’ll be treated to a truly iconic scene in which a young Javier Bardem and a man with a bowl cut </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>fight each other with literal legs of ham</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>. It’s also the cinematic debut of another icon: Penélope Cruz. Do yourself a favor and check it out.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Daniel</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2206000"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Half Brothers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (2020) DVD</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Successful businessman Renato is called to the U.S. to see his dying father, where he learns he has a half-brother: the free-spirited goofy Asher.  The two are forced to take a road trip together to learn the story of why their father left Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. Viewing the trailer, it may come off as strictly comedy, but it surprisingly has heart and also a good story.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Claire</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1581332"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pan’s Labyrinth</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (2006) DVD</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (From director Guillermo del Toro)</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aaron</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2169002,%202238894"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Wolf House</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (2020) DVD and Kanopy</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A haunted house movie unlike any other. This movie is a hallucinatory exploration of the notorious Colonia Dignidad, an isolated Chilean colony established by fleeing Nazis after WWII which went on to be used by the Pinochet regime to intern, torture, and murder political dissidents during the 1970s. All of this is the context for the strange, brilliant stop-motion-animated tale of María, a colony runaway who seeks refuge in the house where the action of the film takes place. But her refuge is not safe from the manifestation of the colony in the form of the Wolf. It's weird, dark, and somewhat claustrophobic so the appeal may be limited, but it's a great watch for those who are so inclined, if only for the style of animation which uses a physical house as the canvas.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Le’ Trail</span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1844202"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our Family Wedding</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (2010) DVD</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>When college students Marcus and Lucia make a surprise engagement announcement, their feuding fathers threaten to turn a dream wedding into a battle royal. Throw in eccentric relatives and clashing cultures, and you've got a recipe for laugh-out-loud lunacy and nonstop fun!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span>Claire</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=556965"><span><span><span><span><span><span>City of God</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (2002) DVD </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin. (From directors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund)</span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/foreign-films" hreflang="en">foreign films</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/romantic-comedy-0" hreflang="en">romantic comedy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/romantic-comedy" hreflang="en">romantic-comedy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/television-show" hreflang="en">Television Show</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/marvel" hreflang="en">Marvel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/animated-movies" hreflang="en">animated movies</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/trilogies" hreflang="en">Trilogies</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/streaming-video" hreflang="en">streaming video</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/family-relationships" hreflang="en">Family Relationships</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:59:31 +0000 lhall-nance 577588 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Welcoming Week https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-welcoming-week <span>Plaza Voices: Welcoming Week</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/09/piqsels.com-id-zqggm%20%281%29.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/09/piqsels.com-id-zqggm%20%281%29.jpg?itok=4hc9nw_a" width="200" height="133" alt="Woman looking out to sea." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/plaza-voices" lang="" about="/users/plaza-voices" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Plaza Voices</a></span> <span>September 10, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>By Naghem S.</strong></p> <p>What does it mean to be “<a href="https://welcomingamerica.org/initiatives/welcoming-week/">welcoming</a>”? It’s a friendly smile to the stranger you pass on the street or the simple hello to your neighbor. Maybe it’s cooking someone’s favorite meal and inviting them to dinner or learning a few greetings in a different language. “Welcoming” can be found in the smallest spaces of everyday life, yet these small gestures of kindness and humanity can spread beyond what is seen. In my experience, welcoming has been a double-edged sword.&nbsp;</p> <p>I came to the United States when I was seven years old, fleeing a war-torn country and running from the old me to the new me. Stepping off the plane with my mother, I entered an entirely new world. One where the people didn’t look like me, speak like me, dress like me, or even smile like me. They smiled far too much. Over time I learned to act like the people around me. I learned the language, changed how I dressed, and learned to smile when smiling was still a foreign movement on my face. Yet even with these changes, I was still a stranger in strange lands. People were nice and welcoming to me as long as I fit their expectations. When I started wearing my hijab, I lost a lot of friends. They didn't understand why I chose to wear the hijab when I was living in the “land of the free.” When I spoke about how hard life was in the United States, people around me would get mad. “If you hate it here so much, go back to your country.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Those phrases are forever etched in the walls of my brain, echoing loudly on particularly hard days. People can be cruel to each other, especially to those who are different. One can argue that not everyone is nice and sometimes you will run into situations that are just unavoidably mean. While that is true, the pain and exclusions hit differently when you weren’t born in the country where you currently live. Humans have a strong and spiritual connection to land and that connection is amplified when the distance between person and land grows.&nbsp;</p> <p>As I sit in the loneliness of my busy existence with people, both friend and foe, flickering in and out of my life, I begin to question who I am and where I belong. Words on replay grow louder and stronger with each passing moment. They take up so much space that for a moment I become them.</p> <p>“Welcome to America: you are safe now.”<br /> “Welcome to America: honey you need to learn English before you can play with other kids.”<br /> “Welcome to America: you can be whatever you want to be.”<br /> “Welcome to America: what’s that thing on your head?”<br /> “Welcome to America: wow your English is so good.”<br /> “Welcome to America: why are you here? We don’t want terrorists here!”<br /> “Welcome to America: burn the scarf and go back home.”<br /> “Welcome to America: you don’t have to wear that thing on your head. You are free here.”<br /> “Welcome to America: where are you really from?”<br /> “Welcome to America, Welcome to America, Welcome to America, Welcome to America………”</p> <p>And as I become lost to the dark narratives that threaten to overtake my entire being, a new thought enters. Quiet and shy, it’s hard to hear with the sounds of the world around me. So I close my eyes and close my ears. I listen with my heart and I feel with my soul.</p> <p>“Come back home, I miss you and you are welcome here.”&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Denver Public Library's <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/index">Cultural Inclusivity department</a> collaborates with Denver's multicultural community to create equitable opportunities for learning, discovery, and connection.</strong></p> <p><strong>We offer Plazas, an open community space where people from all over the world connect with information and resources, building Denver’s global community. Come to practice <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/english">English</a>, prepare for <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/citizenship">citizenship</a>, pursue your goals, and create your future. Whatever you’re doing, <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQFPnwLRrT-ZVK20OSlKrebRuHrwP5UL9_sGXDU_e6QJKfmQ/viewform">we can help</a>!</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--inline field--name-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-free-tagging field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/welcoming-week" hreflang="en">Welcoming Week</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza-voices" hreflang="en">Plaza Voices</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plazas" hreflang="en">plazas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/plaza" hreflang="en">Plaza</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 11 Sep 2021 01:32:36 +0000 Plaza Voices 577371 at https://www.denverlibrary.org