Hi, my name is Will Smith--no not that Will Smith, I’m the OTHER Will Smith! I have been involved with Plaza since the beginning. I’ve mostly been sharing basic computer skills with folks who have little computer experience, or helping people solve specific computer problems.
On Saturday, March 15, Byers Branch Library hosted the first ZINE 15 event, and it was AWESOME! We designed our very own zines, resulting in a fabulous array of drawing styles. Since we created no-staple zines, we were able to make several copies and fold them into booklets right away. After our hard work, we enjoyed reading each other's stories and trading zines.
The Denver Public Library's Plaza program has partnered with the Art Students League of Denver to offer a collaborative workshop series designed to challenge immigrants of all ages to create their own art, respond to the ideas that art conveys, and experiment with new techniques and materials to showcase the many voices of our global community.
Scroll down to check out our latest video from Case Drury, featuring artist Tom Mazzullo!
Maisha I shares her life story in her book, Journey to I, encouraging others to never give up and to find the winning strength within themselves. Dr. Bryant honors the creativity of parents with her book, Original African American Names: Undefined. Each author shares the inspirational and empowering feeling when meaning is rendered from one’s name. Stop by and join us for what promises to be an interesting afternoon.
We are learning to knit at the Montbello Library! During our Monday evening Plaza programming, our knitting circle takes over the storytime room with our yarn and needles. We are a diverse group of adults, teenagers, and a few children, and it’s a lot of fun getting to know each other.
We’re learning the basics of knitting, and one of our members has offered to teach us all to crochet, too. Some of our kids have even been sewing toys out of felt! We’ve been meeting for a couple of months now, and many of us have finished our very first knitting and sewing projects.
"In Denver, winters are long and we have snow storms. Sometimes snow covers houses, cars, and trees, and we get stuck in our houses for days. During winter, we enjoy hot soup, such as menudo and pozole, sometimes made of buffalo."
Conversation Tables are a wonderful way to meet other language learners, make friends, and participate in fun activities. We have groups that are learning English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese!
Our former English facilitator at Barnum is in Japan teaching English to high school students. She created a blog at http://bloghellofrom.blogspot.com for people around the world who are practicing English. A while back, our English Conversation Table participants at Barnum created this entry and posted to her blog.
Did you know that African/African Americans have had a lengthy yet unrecognized presence in comics? The first comic book created by an African American (Orrin Evans and All Negro Comics #1) didn’t arrive until 1947. But there were a number of Black people featured in both mainstream and Black newspaper press strips for many years before that. Not all of the images that were presented were positive or free of stereotypes, but all of them were steps towards the explosion of characters present today.
Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.
In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.
You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.
On December 3rd, 2013, the Woodbury Branch hosted its Your Life Home--and it was quite a success!
Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!
As Colorado prepares for the Super Bowl this weekend, another important celebration is also taking place to celebrate the horse. Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, thousands will celebrate the Year of the Horse beginning on January 31, 2014.
Unlike other new year celebrations, the Lunar New Year is celebrated over 15 days through many traditions and customs. One common practice is to clean your house before the new year begins to get rid of "bad fortune" and make way for incoming luck. Another activity is to decorate homes and windows with paper cut-outs celebrating themes of good fortune, longevity, wealth, and happiness.