Bridging the Cultural Divide  Multicultural Programming in a Northeast Denver Suburban Public               Library       ...
Topics of Discussion History of Immigrant Use of Public Libraries ABC Public Library Demographics Programming at ABCPL...
History of Immigrant Use of Public             Libraries              The U.S. has a long history of               immigr...
DemographicsABC Public Library is located in a Northernsuburb of Denver, Colorado just East ofthe Rocky Mountains 70% Whi...
Programming at ABCPL English Language Conversation  Groups Job Search Program Spanish language Beginner  Computer Class...
Barriers and Perceptions       Society’s perception of the immigrant “other”       Hesitation and fear from foreign patr...
Collection Development, Reference    Services, and Material Selection for               Programming Oxford Picture Dictio...
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After two visits to a local public library's reference desk, I observed their unique programming efforts to welcome and include patrons of various cultural backgrounds.

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  • “Immigration on America: Library Services and Information Resources”
  • U.S. Census Bureau 2010
  • Final bridging the cultural divide

    1. 1. Bridging the Cultural Divide Multicultural Programming in a Northeast Denver Suburban Public Library Mandi King
    2. 2. Topics of Discussion History of Immigrant Use of Public Libraries ABC Public Library Demographics Programming at ABCPL Barriers and Perceptions Collection Development, Reference Services, and Material Selection for Programming
    3. 3. History of Immigrant Use of Public Libraries  The U.S. has a long history of immigration  American libraries as neutral community resource center and information service provider  Libraries were slow to catch on to the needs of minorities  Early twentieth century vision of producing qualified American citizens  How libraries are adapting today
    4. 4. DemographicsABC Public Library is located in a Northernsuburb of Denver, Colorado just East ofthe Rocky Mountains 70% White 20% Hispanic 5% Asian 1% African American Other
    5. 5. Programming at ABCPL English Language Conversation Groups Job Search Program Spanish language Beginner Computer Classes Citizenship Training
    6. 6. Barriers and Perceptions  Society’s perception of the immigrant “other”  Hesitation and fear from foreign patrons  Other barriers  What is ABCPL doing to combat these obstacles?
    7. 7. Collection Development, Reference Services, and Material Selection for Programming Oxford Picture Dictionary United States Citizenship and Information Services – www.uscis.gov Bilingual Signage and Reference Resources Bilingual Staff Caring. Compassionate. Patient. Welcoming.

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