Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza

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.

Plaza Voices: How I Made It @ Athmar

Business owner (Creative Commons)

Are you interested in starting a small business?

Want to find ways to support your local community this holiday season?

Nearly one in five small businesses in the U.S. is immigrant-owned, and more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

Come and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the immigrant community and learn more about what it takes to start your own business.

Plaza Voices: Tight-Knit

Photo of hands knitting (Creative Commons).

Jennifer Duddy Gill, a Plaza staff member, writes:

When I was about eight years old my mother taught me how to knit. I was amazed that using two wooden sticks to make loops with string could create fabric that I could actually use for something. Creating something from almost nothing was both surprising and gratifying to me.

Plaza Voices: Creativity in the Community

Family working together in a Plaza art program.

Karen D., a Plaza staff member, writes:

Plaza Voices: Alba

Photo of Alba, a Plaza participant

Diana G., a Plaza staff member, writes:

What is your favorite thing to do in the Plaza program?

Alba said, "The computers are my favorite because I am able to do multiple things, like practice English and many more things. I also like the English classes [Conversation Tables] because I am getting extra help with my speaking. My goal is to learn how to speak English properly."

Plaza Voices: the Language of Food

Platter of sushi

Helen M., a Plaza staff member, writes:

Food. Food! Who doesn’t enjoy talking about what she ate for dinner last evening? Whose mouth doesn’t start watering at the mention of a favorite dish his Mom prepared?

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