Cultural Inclusivity https://www.denverlibrary.org/ en Celebrate Kwanzaa with DPL! https://www.denverlibrary.org/celebrate-kwanzaa-dpl2020 <span>Celebrate Kwanzaa with DPL!</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/2020/12/Kwanzaa%202020%20v02.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2020/12/Kwanzaa%202020%20v02.jpg?itok=yiTvD-46" width="200" height="200" alt="Black background with red, green and white border with text in the middle that reads: Celebrate Kwanzaa with Denver Public LIbrary" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dbrooks" lang="" about="/users/dbrooks" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dbrooks</a></span> <span>December 11, 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><blockquote><p><em>Matunda ya kwanza</em> means first fruits in Swahili</p> </blockquote> <p>Founded in 1966 by <a href="http://www.maulanakarenga.org/">Dr. Maulana Karenga</a>, Kwanzaa combines aspects of several different harvest festivals into a seven-day celebration of family, community and culture from December 26 to January 1. Each night of Kwanzaa, a candle in the Kinara (candleholder) is lit and one of seven principles, or <em>Nguzo Sab</em>a, are discussed. While every family may celebrate differently, each principle is rooted in universal beliefs that are found in every culture.</p> <p>To learn more about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, download your <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CYCi1elCbXV8NQ5IF8zdV-wUGfaDNmyp/view">free coloring packet</a> now!</p> <p>Additionally, there are seven symbols associated with Kwanzaa and are also expressed in Swahili. <em>Mazao</em>, (fruits, vegetables, and nuts), <em>mkeka </em>(place mat), the <em>kinara </em>(candleholder), <em>vibunzi</em> (ear of corn), <em>zawadi </em>(gifts), <em>kikombe cha umoja </em>(communal cup of unity), and <em>mishumbaa saba </em>(the seven candles placed in the kinara). During Kwanzaa it is customary to greet others by saying “<em>Habari Gani</em>?”(What is the news?), to which the appropriate response is to say the name of the principle of the day.</p> <p>Browse our <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=kwanzaa&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=1">catalog</a> for books, videos, and more about Kwanzaa.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-size:20pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:700"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Kwanzaa Activities</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p>Habari Gani? Come take part in a virtual, cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa with local artist and guest host, Jawana Norris, and more daily special guests!</p> <div> <table style="border: none; border-collapse: collapse; width: 1061px; table-layout: fixed;" width="NaN"> <colgroup> <col width="110" /> <col width="499" /> <col /> <col /> <col /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/umoja-unity-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-cleo-parker-robinson-dance">Saturday 12/26</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/umoja-unity-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-cleo-parker-robinson-dance">2 p.m</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p>Celebrate <strong>Umoja (Unity)</strong> with a special performance by <a href="https://cleoparkerdance.org/">Cleo Parker Robinson Dance</a></p> <p>Pickup an <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P75BjCzM9FHTPBmvhYSVeiO5F0Ny9tnQ/view">Umoja (Unity) Necklace Craft</a> Kit at Pauline Robinson Branch Library while supplies last</p> <p> Curbside Hours: Saturday - 12/26, 10a-2:30p; Tuesday - 12/29, 10a - 5:30p; Wednesday - 12/30, 10a-5:30p; Thursday - 12/31, 10a-3:30p</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/kujichagulia-selfdetermination-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-monticue-0">Sunday 12/27</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/kujichagulia-selfdetermination-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-monticue-0">2 p.m</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2">Celebrate <strong>Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)</strong> with herbalist Monticue Connally of <a href="https://www.jiridonapothecary.com/">Jiridon Apothecary</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/ujima-collective-work-and-responsibility-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and">Monday 12/28</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/ujima-collective-work-and-responsibility-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and">2 p.m</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p style="line-height:1.38">Celebrate <strong>Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)</strong> with Beverly Grant of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mobettagreenMKT/">Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/ujamaa-cooperative-economics-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-fathima">Tuesday 12/29</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/ujamaa-cooperative-economics-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-fathima">2 p.m.</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p style="line-height:1.38">Celebrate <strong>Ujaama (Cooperative Economics)</strong> with Fathima Dickerson of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Welton-Street-Cafe-275511383975/">Welton Street Cafe</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/nia-purpose-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-senatorelect-james-coleman">Wednesday 12/30</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/nia-purpose-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-senatorelect-james-coleman">2 p.m.</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p style="line-height:1.38">Celebrate <strong>Nia (Purpose)</strong> with Vernon Jones of <a href="https://faithbridgeco.org">Faithbridge</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 154px;"> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/kuumba-creativity-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-jubilee-renee">Thursday 12/31</a></p> <p style="line-height:1.2"><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/kuumba-creativity-celebrate-kwanzaa-special-guests-jawana-norris-and-jubilee-renee">2 p.m.</a></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; padding: 7px; width: 425px;"> <p style="line-height:1.38">Celebrate <strong>Kuumba (Creativity)</strong> with vocalist, <a href="https://jubileerenee.com/category/denver/">Jubilee Renee</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>Although we won’t have an event on Friday, January 1, we still encourage you to celebrate Imani (Faith) by honoring and remembering the past while stepping into the New Year!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&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/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Fri, 11 Dec 2020 22:39:53 +0000 dbrooks 501466 at https://www.denverlibrary.org LGBTQIA+ Representation in Graphic Memoirs https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-cultural-inclusivity/dodie/lgbtq-representation-graphic-memoirs <span>LGBTQIA+ Representation in Graphic Memoirs</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/2021/07/RAINBOW-BOOKS.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/RAINBOW-BOOKS.jpg?itok=Yo7UvPTb" width="200" height="253" alt="image: stack of books in rainbow colors" 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>July 11, 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/2021/07/fun%20home_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/fun%20home_0.jpg?itok=-CsveLQU" width="200" height="294" alt="cover: fun home" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/gender%20queer.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/gender%20queer.jpg?itok=i-xFHUlk" width="139" height="200" alt="cover: gender queer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/spellbound.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/spellbound.jpg?itok=Z_lWoQqH" width="155" height="200" alt="cover: spellbound" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/taking%20turns.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/taking%20turns.jpg?itok=82m5Seml" width="200" height="175" alt="cover: taking turns" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/the%20called%20us%20enemy.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/the%20called%20us%20enemy.jpg?itok=7FbhE-_8" width="138" height="200" alt="cover: they called us enemy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/fetch.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/fetch.jpg?itok=hy0IOOep" width="160" height="200" alt="cover: fetch" 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>Pride month may have officially been June, but LGBTQIA+ representation can be found in Denver Public Library’s collection any time of the year, including in the recently created </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Boolean&amp;term=brs=263386&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=&amp;query=&amp;page=0"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Graphic Format Memoirs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Boolean&amp;term=brs=263386&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=&amp;query=&amp;page=0"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Core Collection</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>One of the best-known graphic novels overall and an obvious pick for the graphic memoirs list is Alison Bechdel’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Browse&amp;term=Fun%20home%20:%20a%20family%20tragicomic&amp;by=TI&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=MTE=%27339252%27&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=0"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span>. Bechdel explores her relationship with her emotionally distant father, a closeted gay man, and her own sexuality while reflecting on growing up in her family’s funeral home. Both humorous and deeply moving, <em>Fun Home</em> is a classic in its genre.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A newer title featuring beautifully bold illustrations is Maia Kobabe’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Browse&amp;term=Gender%20queer%20:%20a%20memoir&amp;by=TI&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=MTE=%27345565%27&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=0"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gender Queer: A Memoir</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span>. Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, reflects on eir self-identity and experiences as a nonbinary and asexual person. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bishakh Som’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=66&amp;cn=2141767"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> is the story of Som’s daily life as an author and offers an important perspective</span></span></span></span></span></span>—<span><span><span><span><span><span>Som is a transgender woman who, from the book’s description, “explores the concept of identity by inviting the reader to view the author moving through life as she would have us see her, that is, as she sees herself.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=taking%20turns%20stories%20from%20hiv&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=4"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> by MK Czerwiec recounts the touching story of an AIDS care unit in Chicago, which housed patients from 1985-2000. Unit 371’s unique and highly personal level of care and community during a time of crisis and misinformation surrounding the AIDS pandemic is very poignant, and Czerwiec’s work calls to mind more recent parallels as we all come to terms with another ongoing pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While the memoirs above feature LGBTQIA+ stories at the center of their narratives, some titles on the Graphic Format Memoirs Core Collection list were created by self-identified members of the community focusing their work on different topics. Examples include </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Browse&amp;term=They%20called%20us%20enemy&amp;by=TI&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=MTE=%27867194%27&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=0"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>They Called Us Enemy</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> by George Takei, which is the well-known celebrity’s story of his childhood experience as a Japanese American imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II. On the lighter side, </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1657990,1744614"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> is Nicole Georges’ sweetly illustrated story of her close relationship with her dog, to which any pet owner is sure to relate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you’re looking for more LGBTQIA+ history and information, especially with a Colorado-focused lens, check out DPL’s Western History department’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://history.denverlibrary.org/research/gay-lesbian-bisexual-and-transgender"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Research Guide</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Contributed by Hannah E., Smiley Branch</span></span></span></span></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/books" hreflang="en">Books</a>, </span> <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/graphic-memoirs" hreflang="en">graphic memoirs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/lgbtqia" hreflang="en">LGBTQIA</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/alison-bechdel" hreflang="en">alison bechdel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/george-takei" hreflang="en">george takei</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/pronouns" hreflang="en">pronouns</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=574302&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="Y7wpDmcjbCnnbW-wAc5Y0rdu3Ps4dCldMGdeIqsrR54"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:38:13 +0000 Dodie 574302 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Valuable Connections https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-connection <span>Plaza Voices: Valuable Connections</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/2021/06/Copy%20of%20IMG_0190.JPG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/Copy%20of%20IMG_0190.JPG?itok=lxsgGKnm" width="200" height="150" alt="Photograph of Plaza in action." 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>June 30, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>By Breanne Vailes</strong></p> <p>“We are neighbors. We foster relationships, listen and act to build and strengthen our community. We bring people together to share information, ideas and experiences.” This is the description of Denver Public Library’s <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/content/about-dpl">value of connection</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This description just about perfectly depicts DPL’s Plaza program. The connection still remains largely online for now, but, before the pandemic, people from various backgrounds and cultures were able to spend a few hours every week interacting with others from their community. Participants would gather in circles to practice English or study for citizenship, sharing details of their lives with one another. Other activities, like art projects, would bring people together of all ages. Now with online programming, Plaza participants connect with those who might or might not live near them. For some families, online groups provide an opportunity for connection when transportation or responsibilities at home prevented them from visiting the library in person. In light of the isolation living in a new country can bring–on top of the loneliness that comes from a pandemic–such connection can be a lifeline.</p> <p>Once community members are connected to other participants, they keep coming back for more conversation, learning, and closeness with others. The Plaza community is like a web of people connected by strings, strings loose enough for participants to come and go as they please, but always present to lead people back to a diverse and welcoming community.</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><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/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/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 class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/values" hreflang="en">values</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/connection" hreflang="en">connection</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 20:08:34 +0000 Plaza Voices 573729 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Up, Close and Cultural https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-close-and-cultural <span>Plaza Voices: Up, Close and Cultural</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/2021/06/SiriTan.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/SiriTan.jpg?itok=wZnVdmsG" width="200" height="267" alt="Co-owner of Urban Burma-Siri Tan serving our CI committee member some yumminess" 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>June 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/2021/06/stirfry.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/stirfry.jpg?itok=I7pqKjKP" width="200" height="246" alt="Stir Fried Veggies w/ Steam Rice, Golden Triangle Tofu w/ a side of Tamarind sauce." typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/06/gingermint.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/gingermint.jpg?itok=f8DxlAzQ" width="200" height="267" alt="Washed down w/ a refreshing Ginger Mint Spritzer Tea created by Co-Owner Martin Tan." 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><em><a href="https://www.unrefugees.org/refugee-facts/world-refugee-day/">World Refugee Day</a> is an international day&nbsp;observed on June 20 of every year to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. This day is used to commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide. In celebration, Plaza Voices is featuring posts about local entrepreneurs from the refugee community.</em></p> <p><strong>By&nbsp;Asmeret Tesfay</strong></p> <p>Upon entering <a href="http://ardasclinic.com/mangohouse.htm">Mango House</a>–the international space located in Aurora that provides an opportunity for refugees as well as immigrants to operate a business–I made sure I ate light that sunny day. I was looking forward to indulging in something different and hearing about Siri Tan’s voyage. Siri Tan is the co-owner of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/urbanburma/menu/">Urban Burma</a>, a food stall serving Burmese food in Mango House. The other half of Urban Burma is Siri’s older brother, Martin Tan. (Quick geography lesson: Burma, also known as Myanmar, is located in Southeast Asia and neighbors Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, China and India. Don’t worry–I didn’t exactly know either.)</p> <p>Back to the cuisine–I ordered lunch and got comfortable in a corner of the dining area designated for Urban Burma customers. Waiting for my lunch to arrive, I observed a steady flow of customers that were mostly repeat customers. Once our food arrived we all seemed to have one thing in common–we had our heads down for quite some time and I can’t say for sure if we came up for air, but it didn’t seem like it for the first few minutes. My stomach was on cloud 9 singing the tune of mmmmmmm. In that moment of food bliss it confirmed why there were repeat customers in the dining area. It has been said that food is the common ground and the universal language. This Burmese deliciousness tasted like what real food should taste like: fresh, light and so full of flavors. Your palate and body will instantly recognize it. I felt bamboozled by food I have consumed prior to this experience (excluding my mother’s). As the late Anthony Bourdain stated, “When someone cooks for you, they are saying something. They are telling you about themselves: where they come from, who they are, and what makes them happy.”</p> <p>The menu at Urban Burma doesn’t overwhelm you and all the dishes on their menu list the ingredients they use. I mentioned to Siri that his food tasted authentic. Authentic is not a word/term I use often, so whether he knew it or not, it was a praise. Siri is the youngest of five siblings who was born in Burma and left at 25 years old. I asked how and when he came into the States and Siri stated that he met his wife who is from California in Thailand. In 2010, Siri landed to California and married his wife, later leaving California in 2014 and entering Denver. Adding to their family, they now have a young daughter. Siri says, “Denver is my home. There is a variety of different people and it is more my type. Denver has laid back vibes.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Through our comfortable and fluid conversation, here are a few things I asked Siri:</p> <p><em><strong>What do you miss about Burma?</strong></em></p> <p><em>I miss the street food and the variety of food. I also miss my friends and family.</em></p> <p><em><strong>What challenges have you faced being a refugee in America?</strong></em></p> <p><em>We didn’t have much difficulty fortunately. Nothing direct. I don’t take things personal. I have a filter. I don’t let people I don’t know affect me. I enjoy my life. Life is short. I am in the present–I think less of the future. I like to think of myself as someone who is positive. As Siri thought more, he stated, in the beginning, “when I arrived in America I was taking ESL (English as a second language classes) classes and I didn’t drive. I did not have my driver’s license, so my wife took me everywhere. That was a little tough for me–I felt like a little child." He also mentioned California highways were definitely more intimidating than Denver’s.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em><strong>How did you and your brother start cooking?</strong></em></p> <p><em>I used to not like cooking. I did it, but I didn’t enjoy it. My brother Martin liked to cook more than me. Living in America, I&nbsp;started missing good food. One night, as I was driving for Lyft, I picked up a couple who triggered a memory for me as they had climbed in with a sweet aroma of a Burmese ingredient. After that trip, I started craving noodles, so I called my brother and asked how do I make a certain type of noodles and I was surprised I did a good job. I started cooking more and started to think if you want to and you are interested, you can learn everything. I also visit a couple of Burmese families here in Denver to get some pointers. I started watching and reading about cooking. My sister sent me an ingredient book and I continued to read. The recipes at Urban Burma is all created by my brother Martin and I. If you were to travel to Burma you wouldn’t be able to find noodle dishes like ours that offer vegetarian and/or Vegan. I noticed here in Denver there is are a lot of people who eat vegetarian and vegan. I wanted everyone to have a choice.</em></p> <p><em><strong>How were you able to get the opportunity at Mango House?</strong></em></p> <p><em>I met the current landlord when I arrived to Denver in 2014 through a previous organization I worked with. The landlord mentioned to me he had an idea of buying the now Mango House building and extended an opportunity to me. I was thinking to open a food truck, but the cost of buying one and the equipment was costly. To make the deal even sweeter, the property owner bought most of the kitchen equipment in the Urban Burma food stall, so it was a no brainer for me and Martin. That saved us money we didn’t have, so it was safe for us. “Without this opportunity, I don’t think I could have started a business and now we have been here for two years.”</em></p> <p><em><strong>What do you want people to know who have a common misconception about refugees in America?</strong></em></p> <p><em>There are good and bad people everywhere, it is not only refugees or immigrants. As a human being, we all love freedom. No one is perfect. I like to grab the good things from all cultures. Also, there is good and bad things from all cultures.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em><strong>What are your next steps?</strong></em></p> <p><em>I already have my food trailer (the licenses are still pending). The food trailer will also be called Urban Burma (look out for it) and the goal is to have my own restaurant.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em><strong>What is unique about Urban Burma?</strong></em></p> <p><em>We grind our own Masala (a spice blend). We receive it from our aunt in Burma.</em></p> <p><em><strong>What is a fun fact about Burmese food and Burma?</strong></em></p> <p><em>The Tea Leaf salad that is on our menu is only from Burma. It is a specific dish from Burma.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Burma has seven different ethnic tribes.</em></p> <p>Well, that wraps up a delicious sit-down with co-owner of Urban Burma, Siri Tan. Fellow patrons, wherever you are located in the Metro area–if you enjoy good food then traveling to get some should be your last worry. Urban Burma is located inside of Mango House: 10180 E.&nbsp;Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010, open Tuesday-Saturday&nbsp;from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>Quick tip: Mango House is facing Colfax Ave. (crossroad is Galena street). The front doors are always closed, so you would have to drive to the back of the building and/or walk to the back and enter.</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 language, prepare for citizenship, pursue your goals, and create your future. Whatever you’re doing, we can help!</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/world-refugee-day" hreflang="en">World Refugee 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> Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:56:02 +0000 Plaza Voices 573228 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Denver Art Museum https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-cultural-inclusivity/lainie/eachother-marie-watt-and-cannupa-hanska-luger-denver-art <span>Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Denver Art Museum</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/2021/06/each-other.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/each-other.PNG?itok=Mq_nzREW" width="200" height="134" alt="light pole flags featuring the art of Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/emiller" lang="" about="/users/emiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lainie</a></span> <span>June 10, 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/2021/07/making%20history.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/making%20history.PNG?itok=DM-Yabd5" width="200" height="265" alt="cover: making history" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/knowing%20native%20arts_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/knowing%20native%20arts_0.jpg?itok=bLx45Yvj" width="200" height="300" alt="cover: knowing native arts" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/form%20%26%20relation.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/form%20%26%20relation.PNG?itok=bXl-wEYw" width="200" height="223" alt="cover: form &amp; relation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/hearts%20of%20our%20people.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/hearts%20of%20our%20people.PNG?itok=E9neH3AI" width="200" height="267" alt="cover: hearts of our people" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/art%20for%20a%20new%20understanding.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/art%20for%20a%20new%20understanding.PNG?itok=iih9COLd" width="200" height="242" alt="cover: art for a new understanding" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/transforming%20our%20practices.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/transforming%20our%20practices.PNG?itok=bf5y4DB3" width="199" height="257" alt="cover: transforming our practices" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/art%20in%20motion_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/art%20in%20motion_0.jpg?itok=T5lrLVwY" width="200" height="231" alt="cover: art in motion" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/engaged%20resistance_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/engaged%20resistance_0.jpg?itok=zsNZAdof" width="200" height="258" alt="cover: engaged resistance" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/marie%20watt%20lodge_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/marie%20watt%20lodge_0.jpg?itok=OENYW-79" width="200" height="285" alt="cover: marie watt lodge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/07/first%20american%20art%20magazine%20spring%202019_0.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/07/first%20american%20art%20magazine%20spring%202019_0.PNG?itok=0hAg5RZW" width="200" height="259" alt="cover: first american art magazine spring 2019" 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>On my walks to Central Library during these increasingly warm, almost-summer days, I’ve encountered flags on the Denver Art Museum’s plaza touting the work of two Indigenous artists, </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.mariewattstudio.com/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marie Watt</span></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.cannupahanska.com/"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cannupa Hanska Luger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. The artists’ joint exhibition, </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/each-other"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each/Other</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>, is on view now on Level 1 of the Hamilton Building, offering visitors a look at their sculpture, textile, and installation pieces in both direct and indirect conversation. Watt and Luger are each engaged in ongoing explorations of community, materials, and the land, and in </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each/Other</span></span></span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> these two explorations converge for the first time.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Access to </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each/Other</span></span></span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span><span><span> is included in general admission through August 22, 2021. Book your timed ticket </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=2240"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>on the museum's website</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Before or after your visit, consider delving into Watt and Luger’s work and contemporary Indigenous art in greater detail by checking out what we at Denver Public Library can offer:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>BOOKS</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb45209939">Making History: The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts</a> / edited by Nancy Marie Mithlo; foreword by Robert Martin (2020)*</p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb43922541">Knowing Native Arts</a> / Nancy Marie Mithlo (2020)*</p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb42418467">Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance: Indigenous Spaces</a> / Jayne T. Darby, Courtney Elkin Mohler, and Christy Stanlake (2020)*</p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb44248876">Form &amp; Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics</a> / edited by Jami C. Powell (2020; featuring the work of Cannupa Hanska Luger)*</p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2028318">Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists</a> / Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Teri Greeves; foreword by Kaywin Feldman (2019; features a piece on Marie Watt)</p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb40196514">Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now</a> / Mindy N. Besaw, Candice Hopkins, Manuela Well-Off-Man (2018)*</p> <p><a href="https://encore.coalliance.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb38588880">Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies</a> / edited by Christine Ballengee Morris and Kryssi Staikidis (2017)*</p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=2089631"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Art in Motion: Native American Explorations of Time, Place, and Thought</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / edited by John P. Lukavic and Laura Caruso (2016)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1375011"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Indians Playing Indian: Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / Monika Siebert (2015)**</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1229762"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / Lucy R. Lippard (2014)**</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1068227"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / Karen Kramer Russell with Janet Catherine Berlo, Bruce Bernstein, Joe D. Horse Capture, Jessica L. Horton, and Paul Chaat Smith (2012; features Marie Watt’s </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Column [Blanket Stories]</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>, 2003)**</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=905792"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / Dean Rader (2011)**</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1007775"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marie Watt: Lodge</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> / Rebecca J. Dobkins (2011)**</span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>PERIODICALS</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=1305980"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>First American Art Magazine</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (Spring 2017-present; issue No. 22, Spring 2019, features Cannupa Hanska Luger)***</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://catalog.denverlibrary.org/view.aspx?cn=91752"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>American Craft Magazine</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> (the December/January 2018 issue features Cannupa Hanska Luger; the April/May 2017 issue features Marie Watt)***</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> *<em>These items are available through Prospector, a consortium of Colorado-area libraries. Click “Request it” and enter your library card credentials to get a copy.</em></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>**These items are in our Western History and Genealogy collection. </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://history.denverlibrary.org/contact-us"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Contact the department</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> for more information on access during Central Library’s renovation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>***These items are in our Reference collection. </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ask-us-chat"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ask Us</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> how to access them during Central Library’s renovation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></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/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/marie-watt" hreflang="en">Marie Watt</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/cannupa-hanska-luger" hreflang="en">Cannupa Hanska Luger</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/indigenous-art" hreflang="en">Indigenous art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/contemporary-art" hreflang="en">contemporary art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/denver-art-museum" hreflang="en">Denver Art Museum</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/dam" hreflang="en">DAM</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/art" hreflang="en">art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/art-exhibitions" hreflang="en">art exhibitions</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/native-americans" hreflang="en">Native Americans</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Leave a comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=572779&amp;2=comment_no_subject&amp;3=comment" token="r29VYq-_WaQiotCDmJjf625W3wX20p1grdSzWzlUm4g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:06:06 +0000 Lainie 572779 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Celebrate Pride Month with DPL https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity-equity/dbrooks/celebrate-pride-month-dpl <span>Celebrate Pride Month with DPL</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/2021/06/Copy%20of%20_WINNER.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/06/Copy%20of%20_WINNER.jpg?itok=1ZnYaqAb" width="200" height="133" alt="Denver Public Library staff wearing facial coverings and posing with their hands forming heart shapes around a Pride (rainbow) flag" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dbrooks" lang="" about="/users/dbrooks" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dbrooks</a></span> <span>June 3, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Denver Public Library offers welcoming spaces where all are free to explore and connect, including everyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity. While Pride month commemorates the historic <a href="https://www.history.com/news/stonewall-riots-facts-gay-rights-lgbt#:~:text=No%20one%20died%20or%20was,few%20police%20officers%20reported%20injuries.">Stonewall Riots</a>, it also celebrates the self-affirmation, dignity, equity, and visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are just a couple of ways you can celebrate Pride with us this month and any day year round:</p> <h2>Staff Recommendations</h2> <p>Check out <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/pride2021">hundreds of books, films, and musicians</a> recommended by our very own staff for LGBTQIA+ representation and interests. We’ve even pulled together very special resources for children and teens on our <a href="https://kids.denverlibrary.org/blog/celebrate-pride-june-and-always">Read Play Learn</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://teens.denverlibrary.org/pride">Evolver</a> sites.</p> <h2>Update Your Library Account</h2> <p>Want to update or any information on your Library account? &nbsp;If your contact info has changed, you've moved or if you go by a name different from that listed on your ID, let us know on your next visit to one of our locations.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Engage! Magazine</h2> <p>Browse upcoming events and programs for Pride month as well as specially curated articles and recommendations written by LGBTQIA+ staff in this month’s issue of <a href="http://www.denverlibrary.org/engage"><em>Engage!</em> magazine</a>.<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/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/equity" hreflang="en">Equity</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 03 Jun 2021 20:20:08 +0000 dbrooks 572357 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Celebrating AAPI Actors and Their Talents https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity-equity-movies/equity/happy-aapi-month <span>Celebrating AAPI Actors and Their Talents</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/2021/05/AAPI%20Month%20Actors.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/05/AAPI%20Month%20Actors.jpg?itok=IEw6ZHKs" width="200" height="200" alt="Collage of photos of Asian American and Pacific Islander actors" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/equity" lang="" about="/users/equity" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Equity</a></span> <span>May 27, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>by Molly O'Neil</strong></p> <p>In the past few years, the careers of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) entertainers have become more and more prominent! While I can’t write about every single one (even though they are all talented!), I’d like to highlight some staples who have helped to diversify the entertainment industry and feature some of their work!</p> <p>Here is a list of actors that might satisfy that feeling of, “Oh! I know them from something! What was it again?”</p> <p><img alt="Actor Randall Park" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="01a0a154-823c-4106-bccc-d05e895bd2fc" height="214" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/randall-park.jpg" width="159" class="align-left" /><strong>Randall Park</strong> has starred in multiple movies and television shows, including <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=6&amp;cn=1404497">Fresh Off the Boat</a>, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=3&amp;cn=1329303">The Interview</a></em>, and <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1858487"><em>Ant-Man and the Wasp</em></a>, not to mention many short videos created by the Youtube channel, “Wong Fu Productions”. Throughout my life, I watched him in many different videos and movies, each with a spectrum of emotions.</p> <p>You may know <strong>Lea Salonga</strong> from the movie <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2198716"><em>Yellow Rose</em></a> as Gail Gargia and filmed concert <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=36&amp;cn=897206">Les</a></em><em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=36&amp;cn=897206"> Miserables: The 10th Anniversary Concert</a></em> as Eponine. <img alt="Actress Lea Salonga" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d7c59d0a-b6fa-41d5-8063-a16930bbe238" height="179" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Lea%20Salonga.jpg" width="269" class="align-right" />You might recognize her voice even more, as she is the singing voice of the titular character in <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=1594672"><em>Mulan</em> (1998)</a> and the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2080424"><em>Aladdin</em> (1992)</a>. I grew up watching and singing her songs over and over again.</p> <p><img alt="Actor Kumail Nanjani" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d9587192-89bc-485a-a4cc-d5f3ef5f8dc6" height="216" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Kumail_Nanjiani_by_Gage_Skidmore_2.jpg" width="158" class="align-left" /><strong>Kumail Nanjiani</strong> is a hilarious comedian who starred in the movies <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2061711"><em>Stuber,</em></a> <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=10&amp;cn=2157305">The Lovebirds</a></em>, and <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=1677356"><em>The Big Sick</em></a> (which he wrote with his wife, based on their relationship). His deadpan sense of humor has a way of making even the person in the back row laugh as loudly as they can!</p> <p><img alt="Actress Vanessa Hudgens" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6d0dd817-d6aa-4161-831f-d31cdd876ac5" height="250" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Vanessa%20Hudgens.jpg" width="167" class="align-right" /><strong>Vanessa Hudgens</strong> rose to fame on Disney Channel, starting with the movie <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=3&amp;cn=1312624"><em>High School Musical</em></a>. In her more recent years, Hudgens has gone on to star in <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1459403"><em>Grease: LIVE!</em></a>, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=10&amp;cn=1885360">Dog Days</a>, and <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=11&amp;cn=1939502">Second Act</a></em>. Her career took off at a young age and I loved being able to watch her career grow while I also grew up.</p> <p><img alt="Actress Mindy Kaling" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="beba7922-1b7f-41d9-bce8-60258b2b6ea9" height="246" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Mindy%20Kaling.jpg" width="178" class="align-left" /><strong>Mindy Kaling</strong> is an icon whose name you may want to remember. She was a writer, producer, actor, and directed some episodes of <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=598737"><em>The Office (American)</em></a> for eight seasons; she created, wrote for, and produced <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1066653"><em>The Mindy Project,</em></a> which ran for six seasons; and acted in <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=1843419"><em>Ocean’s 8</em></a> and <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=3&amp;cn=1780102"><em>A Wrinkle in Time (2018)</em></a>. She is a very talented and hard worker and I can’t wait to see everything she has coming soon!</p> <p><strong>Lucy Liu </strong>might be one of the first actors <img alt="Lucy Liu" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2f2b4bf1-0f3a-4add-a057-f047c3396daf" height="275" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Lucy%20Liu.jpg" width="195" class="align-right" />to come to mind. She has been in an assortment of movies and television shows including, <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=701035">Tinkerbell</a>,</em> <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=558950">Kill Bill Vol. 1</a></em>, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=24&amp;cn=2164076"><em>Why Women Kill</em></a>, and <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=12&amp;cn=1067708"><em>Elementary</em></a>. She is so fun to watch in all her different roles and truly a talent you shouldn’t miss.</p> <p><strong>Brenda Song</strong> is another name that got big on the Disney Channel. <img alt="Actress Brenda Song" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e76b0e7b-e73e-4eea-a6d7-4e1ae5799c84" height="278" src="/sites/dplorg/files/inline-images/Brenda%20Song.jpg" width="195" class="align-left" />You may know her from movies like <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=590740"><em>Get a Clue</em></a>, <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=5&amp;cn=2077242"><em>Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior</em></a>, and <em><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=3&amp;cn=776003">The Social Network</a></em>. She was an empowering role model to have growing up, showing that you can be someone who is smart, athletic, and fashionable all at the same time.</p> <p>I realize there are so many other amazing talents in the AAPI community and I am sad I cannot write about all of them. The industry is growing more and more with so many gifted actors joining and I cannot wait to see everything they have in store for us.</p> <h2><strong>Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!</strong></h2> <p> </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> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/equity" hreflang="en">Equity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></span> </div> <section> </section> Thu, 27 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000 Equity 571653 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month: Empowering Children with Stories https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-cultural-inclusivity-equity/equity/celebrate-aapi-heritage-month-empowering-children <span>Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month: Empowering Children with Stories</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/2021/05/AAPI%20Heritage%20Month%20Image_2.PNG"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/05/AAPI%20Heritage%20Month%20Image_2.PNG?itok=UZ0EHHR5" width="200" height="295" alt="Book covers: Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim; Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat; The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin; The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Parvati Pillai" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/equity" lang="" about="/users/equity" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Equity</a></span> <span>May 19, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">As a children’s librarian, one of my goals is to build empathy through stories and information. As a member of the AAPI community, that goal has taken on more urgency as I’ve watched the numbers of anti-AAPI hate crimes multiply. In this time of fear, there are many ways I am supporting my community. One of them is turning to books as a way to empower, support, and celebrate the AAPI community during AAPI Heritage Month and all year round..</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.38"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">There are lots of reasons to read books by AAPI creators. No matter a child’s identity, reading books with authentic AAPI representations is important. Representation builds empathy and combats harmful stereotypes, such as the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/what-is-the-model-minority-myth" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">model minority myth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">. For children who identify as AAPI, seeing their experiences and identities reflected in a book is extremely empowering. Those stories build a sense of belonging and confidence. It can even help them become stronger readers because kids who see themselves in the books they read have higher levels of </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://kids.denverlibrary.org/blog/k-3/skills-developing-readers" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">reading motivation</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.38"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Ready to pick out some books to share with the kids in your life? Here are a few of my favorite books by AAPI creators. Visit </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://kids.denverlibrary.org/blog/celebrate-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Read - Play - Learn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> for more book recommendations and resources for kids and families.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=jasmine%20toguchi&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=15" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Jasmine Toguchi </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">series</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> by Debbi Michiko Florence</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2061724" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Parvati Pillai</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=lalani%20of%20the%20distant%20sea&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=13" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Lalani of the Distant Sea</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:none"> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Erin Entrada Kelly</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=stand%20up%20yumi%20chung&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=11" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Stand Up, Yumi Chung!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:none"> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Jessica Kim&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=where%27s%20halmoni&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=12" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Where’s Halmoni?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> by Julie Kim</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=2&amp;cn=1780674" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Drawn Together</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=mindy%20kim%20lyla%20lee&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=9" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Mindy Kim </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">series</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> by Lyla Lee</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2038993" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;type=Keyword&amp;term=year%20of%20the%20dog%20grace%20lin&amp;by=KW&amp;sort=RELEVANCE&amp;limit=TOM=*&amp;query=&amp;page=0&amp;searchid=17" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">The Year of the Dog</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:none"> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Grace Lin</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc"><a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=2105245" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">The Paper Kingdom</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:italic"><span style="text-decoration:none"> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </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/cultural-inclusivity" hreflang="en">Cultural Inclusivity</a>, </span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/blog-categories/equity" hreflang="en">Equity</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/children%27s-books" hreflang="en">children&#039;s books</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/children" hreflang="en">Children</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/free-tagging/kids" hreflang="en">Kids</a></div> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 19 May 2021 15:55:23 +0000 Equity 571173 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Curiosity-A Denver Public Library Value https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-curiositya-denver-public-library-value <span>Plaza Voices: Curiosity-A Denver Public Library Value</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/2021/05/Plaza%20Outreach.jpg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/05/Plaza%20Outreach.jpg?itok=WguxuNAY" width="200" height="150" alt="Outreach with Plaza staff members" 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>May 3, 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Curiosity: A Denver Public Library Value<br /> Breanne Vailes</p> <p>Curiosity is a scary concept. After all, it killed the cat, as the saying goes. Curiosity demands vulnerability and losing the comfort of the status quo. Yet, DPL values what curiosity can accomplish and <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/content/about-dpl">states</a>, “We foster a culture of exploration, innovation and forward thinking by creating environments that support learning and growth.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Brené &nbsp;Brown writes in her book <a href="https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&amp;pos=1&amp;cn=1395981">Rising Strong</a>,“Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty. It wasn’t always a choice; we were born curious. But over time, we learn that curiosity, like vulnerability, can lead to hurt. As a result, we turn to self-protecting—choosing certainty over curiosity, armor over vulnerability, and knowing over learning.”</p> <p>Growth comes when we 1) admit what we do not know and 2) ask questions piercing enough to find answers. Plaza is an ideal community for fostering curiosity. Through exploring other cultures’ values and beliefs, innovating through news ways of engaging <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/index">online</a>, and thinking forward to eliminate bias and inequity, DPL Plaza staff and customers embrace curiosity to become a better community.</p> <p>Additionally, getting curious takes effort, and we cannot grow without questioning the past and imagining better possibilities for the future. Denver’s diversity makes the city better. In order to take advantage of this richness, we must be curious about others’ lives and understand our own limitations. Learning from others’ perspectives is what makes Plaza special.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Denver Public Library's Cultural Inclusivity department 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 language, prepare for citizenship, pursue your goals, and create your future. Whatever you’re doing, we can help!</strong></p> <p><strong>Please see our <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/ci/index">web page</a> for more information.</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/values" hreflang="en">values</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> Mon, 03 May 2021 22:09:52 +0000 Plaza Voices 570450 at https://www.denverlibrary.org Plaza Voices: Celebrating Our Inner Child https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity-library-events/plaza-voices/plaza-voices-celebrating-our-inner-child <span>Plaza Voices: Celebrating Our Inner Child</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/2021/04/Milo%20Imagines%20the%20World.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/04/Milo%20Imagines%20the%20World.jpeg?itok=9SMfaw7G" width="200" height="153" alt="Cover of the book &quot;Milo Imagines the World,&quot; available from DPL" 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>April 30, 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/2021/04/Where%20are%20you%20from.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/04/Where%20are%20you%20from.jpeg?itok=LOMJcbXg" width="200" height="171" alt="Cover of the book &quot;Where Are You From,&quot; available from DPL." typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2021/04/My%20Colors%2C%20my%20world.jpeg"><img src="/sites/dplorg/files/styles/blog_inline/public/2021/04/My%20Colors%2C%20my%20world.jpeg?itok=7VPGrVZ-" width="200" height="229" alt="Cover of the book, &quot;My Colors, My World,&quot; available from DPL." 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 Naghem S.</strong></p> <p>¡Feliz Día del Niño! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Happy Día del Niño!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/cultural-inclusivity/naghem-swade/plaza-voices-el-dia-del-nino-or-day-child">Today is Día del Niño (Day of the Child)</a>. Día del Niño is a national holiday in Mexico celebrated every year on April 30th. It is a day where families and communities celebrate their children. Children are an important part of our society and we should focus on their well being. This day is about accepting and appreciating children and celebrating their childhood.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every living adult was once a child with stories to tell. With time, it seems like we forget we were ever children. Sometimes, if I listen really really hard, I can hear my inner child talk to me. She likes to tell stories about growing up and she misses her childhood home, even though it wasn’t always a happy one. My inner child doesn’t come out much but when she does, she is a joy to witness.&nbsp;</p> <p>I asked my colleagues to share some of their childhood stories in honor of Día del Niño. Here are some of what was shared.</p> <p>What did you love about your childhood?</p> <p>“When I was a kid, I knew the world was big and I was a small part of it and I couldn't wait to explore.”</p> <p>“My family and my imagination”&nbsp;</p> <p>“I was brave, oh so brave to try new things. I usually ended up getting in trouble because sometimes being brave meant doing something I wasn’t supposed to do. I still get in trouble for doing things I’m not “supposed” to do.”&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;“Growing up in Ethiopia, one of my favorite memories revolves around listening to my all-time favorite storyteller, Tesfaye Sahlu, also known as Ababa Tesfaye! Aired on the state ran TV station, Ethiopian TV, Ababa Tesfaye's show was dedicated to children's stories (preschool to primary). What made this program even more compelling, at least for me, was the inclusion of imagery that was drawn for each story being shared. Ababa Tesfaye's signature catchphrase "Lijoch Yezare Abebawoch Yenege Freywoch" (roughly translated as "Children! Today's flowers, tomorrow's fruit!") were always the words that brought happiness to me and a countless number of children! Sadly, Ababa Tesfaye passed away on July 31, 2017, at the age of 94. A national icon, Ababa Tesfaye's name brings rich memories, a smile, and laughter to Ethiopians!”</p> <p>What childhood story would you like to share?</p> <p>“When I was five years old, my mother was drafted by the United States Naval Reserve to the frontlines of Operation Desert Storm in Bahrain. While some children grow up playing with dolls and action figures, I remember pretending to be a spy with my backyard neighbor &amp; best friend, out on a mission to “go rescue mom from Saddam Hussein.” Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about collective trauma (racism, sexism, poverty, historical inequities, pandemics, wars) and how it ripples into every corner of our identity. In these times, how can one not? Do children these days pretend to be little epidemiologists, searching for ways to rescue their adults from COVID-19?”</p> <p>““I haven’t figured a whole lot out, though of the things that I have...it’s all about love.” This is something Dad told me the last time I saw him in person, and I have to believe it. These memories, now all I have left of him, are proof. I think about how they’ve made me the person I am today, and I can’t help wondering how such large, tragic forces as the ones we witness daily will affect who today’s children grow up to be. I have to keep believing that while there will always be inner and outer struggles we can't quite understand, there will also always always be love somewhere, and that it is worth holding tightly onto.”</p> <p>“When I was four or five my grandfather gave me a chicken to raise. Every morning, I would wake up early to collect the eggs from my chicken. One morning, I couldn’t find any eggs and I got so scared because I thought my chicken was sick. Turns out my aunt, who had just given birth to my cousin, had collected that day’s eggs and made herself some breakfast. I never forgave her for that.”&nbsp;</p> <p>To my fellow adults, I encourage you to take a minute and listen to what your inner child is telling you. Let them out, if only for a few minutes, and learn from them. Remember to celebrate and protect the children in your life. Offer words of encouragement, praise often, and if you notice something is wrong, ask them about it.&nbsp;</p> <p>I can’t end this blog without encouraging everyone to learn more about the Southern US Border Humanitarian Crisis. More than 23,000 migrant children are in US government custody. Many activists report that these children are kept in unsafe living conditions. There are problems with overcrowding, lack of hygiene facilities and health care access, as well as food shortages. Many of these children have been separated from family members.&nbsp;</p> <p>Día del Niño is a day to celebrate all children, including the ones at the border.&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/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> </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/dia-del-nino" hreflang="en">Día del Niño</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> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 15:33:43 +0000 Plaza Voices 570242 at https://www.denverlibrary.org