Programming by our 2019 Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities partners is well under way, with activities taking place at libraries across the state in October. In response to the needs and interests uncovered during the research and development phase earlier this year, participating libraries have designed a wide range of programs aiming to engage immigrants and encourage greater understanding and connection among their communities.
In the South San Francisco Bay community of Sunnyvale, The Marigold Series will offer a series of programs centered on the fall celebrations of Diwali and Día de los Muertos, aiming to acquaint residents with the rich traditions associated with these holidays, promote understanding of commonalities between the cultures of India and Mesoamerica, and provide fun and engaging learning opportunities for families and people of all ages. For more information, contact Project Director Karina Huerta.
Arte Creativo: Come get creative with the art of Hispanic culture! will provide residents of the northern Orange County community of Placentia an opportunity to learn about the rich artistic traditions of Latin America through a variety of learning experiences, including performances, storytelling, and hands-on art and crafting activities for all ages. Story-collection stations will invite participants to share their memories and experiences and stories; much of the programming will be conducted in Spanish and English to serve the needs of this diverse community. For more information, contact Project Director Michelle Meades.
Focusing specifically on immigrants from Asian, Hispanic, and Ethiopian cultural backgrounds who make up a large portion of the community surrounding the library, Los Angeles Public Library’s mid-city Washington Irving branch will host Connecting Cultures, a series of programs highlighting the culture of each group. Activities will range from an author visit and book discussion about immigration history, to a cooking demonstration and community cookbook project, to a traditional dance performance and workshop, all aimed to strengthen mutual awareness, appreciation and understanding among neighborhood residents. For more information, contact Project Director Krystal Messer.
Check out the list of programming at all the participating libraries, and check our online calendar for events near you.
Library Innovation Lab is an ongoing program of California Humanities that supports responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries by providing a practice-based, capacity-building, professional development experience for library programming specialists. Cash awards to the participating libraries support innovative programming that engages immigrant populations and offers welcoming and inclusive experiences for all community members. Click here for more information.