Libraries across the state participating in the 2018 Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities through Public Humanities Programming project are busy this month with a wide variety of engaging public programs. Here’s a sampling of what’s on in November; please visit our online events calendar to find out about events near you.
The Glen Avon Branch of Riverside County Library System will commemorate Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, on Thursday, November 1, with an afternoon of stories and crafts, ballet folklorico, loteria, and facepainting. On Tuesday, November 6, the library will offer “Share Your Family Story,” an interactive program of sharing family stories, recipes and creating family memories–and collecting recipes for the community cookbook set for publication in December. For information about this series of programs, visit our events calendar postings or contact Project Director, Tracie Randolph.
As part of their ongoing programming commemorating the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding, Watsonville Library will host Lightning Talks: 150 Years of Watsonville on Thursday, November 8. The evening program, organized in partnership with the City of Watsonville and the Santa Cruz Museum of History and Art, will feature brief presentations by local experts on various topics–farmworker history, immigration, and arts and culture–followed by questions and community discussion. For more information about this event and other related programs at the library, visit our events calendar posting or contact Project Director, Alicia Martinez.
Antonio Sacre, whose tales of growing up in a Cuban/Irish American household have inspired people all over the world to become storytellers, will be featured in a series of live bilingual performances, “Every Family, Every Voice” at the Sunnyside, Orange Cove, and Sanger branches of Fresno County Public Library on November 6, 7, and 8. Following each presentation, those who attend will be able to record their own family stories, using equipment and assistance provided by the library, and to take a recording home. Those who wish to may contribute their stories to grow a library archive to preserve local history and provide an educational resource for students and teachers. For more information, visit our events calendar posting or contact Project Director Terrance McArthur .
The Central Valley has long been home to many immigrant groups, including many from South East Asia. To raise awareness and promote appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of these communities, the Delano Branch of Kern County Library will host a South Asian Film series on three Saturdays, November 3, 10, and 17, from 11:30 am – 2 pm. Screenings will be followed by discussions and refreshments will be served. A Diwali (festival of light) celebration on November 10 will include a storytime program for children, a hands-on diya (traditional clay lamp) decorating session, and other learn-by-doing activities, including rangoli art, henna hand design, and Bollywood-style dancing. For more information, visit our events calendar posting or contact Project Director, Fahra Daredia.
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 go to the participating libraries that support innovative programming that engages immigrant populations and offers welcoming and inclusive experiences for all community members. Click here for more information.