Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza

Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

Plaza Voices: Refugees of Shangri-la

Bhutanese refugees in the Beldangi camp, Nepal

In April 2014, Smithsonian Magazine featured an article about a group of people you might not know much about: refugees from Bhutan.

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

Plaza Voices: And third place goes to...

German instruction materials available from DPL

Ben Blatt, a staff writer at Slate, has spent the last little while creating “viral maps” and writing articles about them online. Now, you may have never heard the term “viral map,” but if you spend any time on social media sites, you must have seen at least one of these fascinating and entertaining maps. 

Plaza Voices: Dewey Diaries - 786.9

Video still of musician Aneudy Arias

Check out this beautiful video piece, the latest in the Dewey Diaries video series by Case Drury. In it, local musician and native of the Dominican Republic Aneudy Arias speaks with us about music, drumming, and his favorite call number, 786.9. Don't forget to look for his band, Mono Verde!

Plaza Voices: Found in Translation

Cover of Isabel Allende's novel "Zorro"

Take a moment to think about your all-time-favorite, can't-do-without book... chances are fairly high that whatever book you came up with was originally written in a language other than English. While it is often debated exactly how much meaning is lost in translation, I know that I am grateful to be able to experience the works of authors like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy without knowing a word of Russian (other than "Niet").

Plaza Voices: Bridging the Gap

Cover of American Libraries May 2014 issue

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program is featured in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries Magazine!

Though the article, "Connecting Latinos with Libraries," focuses particularly on Spanish-speakers, Plaza programs are designed to engage international migrants from all over the world, as well as other community members, regardless of their background or native language.

Plaza Voices: Human Connections

Brandon Stanton, of Humans of New York, demonstrating his interview skills

The Denver Public Library’s Plaza programs are all about connections. Of course, all libraries are in the business of connecting folks with information, but DPL takes it a step further: we want to connect people from all over the world with each other. Plazas at the library function as “third spaces”--neutral meeting grounds that are neither home nor work. When we visit these third spaces, we are able to escape the commitments and pressures of home and work, and focus instead on our personal interests and goals.

Plaza Voices: Growing Global Roots with Denver Botanic Gardens

Nopal cactus with fruit (tunas), from Mexico

Colorado is known for producing fabulous peaches and cherries, but did you know you can also grow nopales, quinoa, and mizuna? Is there some special fruit or vegetable from your home country or your childhood that you long to eat fresh from the garden? Then this workshop might be for you!

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