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Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

Plaza Voices: Where Are We From? Where Are We Going?

Image from the interactive immigration map at www.pewglobal.org

Have you ever wondered about immigration in other countries? Or been curious about where immigrants from the U.S. end up when they go abroad? This interactive map from the Pew Research Center provides an instant, highly readable graphic that answers just those questions--and many more.

Start by selecting a country, then choose "Into" or "Out Of" to see both immigration to and emigration from that particular corner of the world.

Plaza Voices: Welcome!

Sign at state border (Creative Commons)

Did you know that Denver is a Welcoming City?

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

Car key

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

Plaza Voices: World Immigration in Film

Film poster for "In Between Days," available from DPL

Immigration is in the news, not just here in the U.S. but around the world. This week we bring you a selection of international films that explore the immigrant experience, both here and across the globe.

Plaza Voices: Free Citizenship and Immigration Assistance

American Flag

The Denver Public Library's Services to New Immigrants team is offering a number of free workshops at several locations to assist immigrants with questions related to citizenship, Colorado's driver's license law, SB 13-251, and the recently passed Executive Actions on Immigration.

Plaza Voices: 2014 Highlights

Image from the "Stories of Integration" series

Expansion of Branch Locations in Fall 2014

In Fall 2014, DPL incorporated immigrant services at two new locations in metro Denver: Byers Branch Library in the Santa Fe Art District and Athmar Park Branch Library in Southwest Denver. New communities were able to gain access to information, and tap on existing community resources and support at this critical time of their lives.

Workshops on SB251 – Driver’s License and IDs

Plaza Voices: New Refugee/Parole Program Announced

Cover of Enrique's Journey, available through DPL

The 2006 book "Enrique's Journey," based on author Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy as he travels alone across Mexico, trying to reach the United States in search of his mother.

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