International Services

Beyond Books & Borders: Culture, Diversity, HPL Experiences

NEW AMERICANS ACTIVITIES





Houston Public Library's Citizenship Corners at neighborhood locations to include:


  1. Citizenshipworks.org — usage of featured site, made available in December of 2015 through New Americans Campaign for online assessment/application, through "CitizenshipWorks Naturalization Applications Workshops" at HPL; requires network registration and partnering with local legal experts
  2. ESL resources — introduce "Mix & Mango," a language series akin to "Spanish Over Coffee" aimed to highlight Mango Languages (instructor-led)
  3. Citizen Q&A — series of oral history sessions aimed to encourage dialogue between older citizenship candidates and young people; recommend piloting and implementing VoiceThread technology platform
  4. Passport Services help — for New Americans

DIVERSITY THROUGH EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT





Houston Public Library's Seasonal Cultural Celebrations:


  1. Language Learning — "Mix & Mango" series promotion plus system-wide celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21st connected to African American Heritage Month and Lunar New Year recognizing a major Chinese holiday and the indigenous languages of the African, Asian, and American continents
  2. Music & Dance — performance-based programs at neighborhood libraries and through key external community partnerships during the spring and summer season celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month (April), Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Caribbean-American Heritage Month (June), and Juneteenth
  3. Houston Book & Culture Fest — an expansion of LibroFEST to include multicultural literature and art; a two-day festival during the fall months encompassing Hispanic Heritage Month and leading into several South Asian holidays (Diwali, Eid and Ramadan)