Diversity Is All Around Us

Arapahoe Libraries is proud to serve a diverse community of patrons. Check out these library offerings, from programs to books, that showcase diversity and multiculturalism.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrate creativity and individuality at Library for All: Creative Club designed especially for those with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. Enjoy crafts, stories, games, music and more! Want to learn about a culture that's different from your own? This January, check out programs all about Native American heritage and culture with events for all ages—from flute performances for adults and seniors to storytelling for children ages 5-8. Check out a list of recommended children's novels that portray Native Americans realistically.

Ready to settle down with a picture book about racial and ethnic heritage that features characters of color? Explore DiverseBookFinder.org which features curated book lists on topics from adoption to multiracial families, and immigrants and refugees. Arapahoe Libraries' Child and Family Library Services department shares their favorite diverse picture books. Are your little ones curious about why some people look different from them? These expert resources guide you through answering what can be a touchy and difficult subject. 

Check out Disability in Teen Lit for some great novels to add to your reading pile. Want to experience the world through someone else's eyes? Have a look at World View Fiction to see the world anew, or walk in someone else's shoes in this fiction list about ability/health diveristy. Memoirs and nonfiction more your style? Be inspired by true stories of people who rise above what society considers the "norm" when each brain is differentIn the mood for a movie instead? Borrow one of these films that feature diverse casts and themes for stories about when the odds are against you. 

Curious why people disagree on topics from immigration to LGBT+ rights? Explore the databases Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Points of View Reference Center which present each side of an issue and allow readers to draw their own conclusions while strengthening critical thinking skills. CultureGrams World Edition and CultureGrams States Edition are full of facts to help you explore the world without leaving your home, and Biography in Context showcases significant historical and present-day people who changed the world.

Brush up on your foregin language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture by checking out Transparent Language Online (it's free!) to learn a variety of languages from A(frikaans) to Z(ulu) and many more languages in between. Borrow a book from ODILO Foreign Language eBooks, available in Russian, Spanish, French, Chinese and more.

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