World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an international day that is 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. Refugees are people fleeing conflict or persecution. They are defined and protected by international law.

With over 84 million people displaced worldwide, we are seeing the highest number of forced displacement and that number keeps growing. This World Refugee Day, and every day, Denver Public Library staff aim to acknowledge the wealth of histories, cultures, contributions, and influences encompassed within refugee communities.

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Mementos From Home

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Most of us carry a piece of our home with us, whether it is a ring, a coin, a book, or simply a memory. Mementos from Home is an audio-visual exhibit created by the Services to Immigrants and Refugees team of the Denver Public Library. Staff and customers came together at various libraries to tell a story about the objects that mean the most to them. View photographs and hear recordings of stories here.

What do you carry that is your piece of home? You can share your story here and view stories submitted by others in our gallery.