Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza Voices

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Breathe-in experience,
breathe-out poetry.
    
- Muriel Rukeyser

Walk into any library and you may come face-to-face with a dancer, painter, weaver, writer - who may also be a father, sister, auntie or brother. And just like the creative customers we serve, library staff tap artistic media to share their experiences. For example, listen to the staff poets below.

Plaza Voices: Día del Niño

Photo of smiling baby.

Here at Denver Public Library, we are always finding reasons to celebrate. Join us this Sunday, April 26, at the Central Library for Día del Niño (Day of the Child), an international celebration of children!

Plaza Voices: National Poetry Month

Argentinian writer Alfonsina Storni.

Nadia R., a DPL Plaza staff member, writes:

We love American poetry! Who hasn’t enjoyed the rural scenarios of Robert Frost, the boldness of Maya Angelou, the mysterious darkness of Edgar Allan Poe, and the work of many more great American poets?

Plaza Voices: New Citizens to be Honored at the Central Library

Ms. Perez, a Plaza participant, became a citizen in 2010.

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Denver Public Library is pleased to host its 15th annual naturalization ceremony at the Central Library. This year's event is a joint effort of the Library's Services to New Immigrants Initiative and its Reference Department.

Plaza Voices: Second Generation

Cover of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

Of the many reasons people leave their home countries to start lives in a new place, "opportunity" has to be one of the most common.

The first generation makes the leap, leaving friends, family, and history behind. What happens to their children, the ones born here? What opportunities do they embrace, and what do they value?

Plaza Voices: Mapping Your Journey

Map of the world

This Saturday, March 28, the Denver Public Library's Plaza and Services to New Immigrants Initiative will partner with History Colorado to offer free activities and museum tours for New Americans and their families.

Plaza Voices: Telling Our Stories

Cover of Purpose, by Wyclef Jean, available at DPL

Personal stories are fascinating. They enliven history, putting events into a context we can understand. They bridge the gaps between our own experiences and those of others, as we see common human concerns arise in circumstances vastly different from our own. More than anything, personal histories help us to empathize with people whose lives we may have never imagined.

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.

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