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Multicultural Outreach

For more information, contact Ghada Elturk, Outreach Librarian at 303-441-4941 or e-mail

The following is a list of ongoing programs:

Club de Literatura Moderna en Español

Boulder Public Library y Boulder Valley School District ofrecen un club de lectura en Español. Incluye discusiones en Español cada mes sobre un libro de la literatura moderna de España o Latino América. Los participantes deben tener un nivel avanzado de español. Se espera que todos hayan leído el libro, o a lo menos un resumen de el, antes de participar activamente en las discusiones, pero que se sienten bienvenidos de pasar y escuchar si no llegaron a leer el texto. Todas las reuniones son el primer viernes del mes en el Arapahoe Conference Room a las 4 de la tarde.

Arabic Literature Discussion Group (In English)

This discussion group was started in October 1996, following two Arabic language classes that were offered in the Library in 1995. The group reads and discusses works of Arabic Literature representative of most of the Arab countries.

See previous reading lists.

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Citizenship Classes | Clases de Preparación para la Ciudadanía

Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Boulder Creek Meeting Room at the Main Branch

These classes provide help with citizenship questions and practicing the citizenship interview, and offer information about the citizenship process.

Para información: Maria Velasco 303-996-0275 ext.3 or Ghada Elturk at 303-441-4941.

Information in English | Información en Español

Essay on Citizenship
By Rabi Phelan, middle school student
(Read at his school when his parents, who are from Nepal, became U.S.A citizens)

To become a citizen.  It is as important as the sun that shines, the air we breathe, or the water we drink.  It is as important as friends and family, and nature and earth.  It is as important as all of these things.  We are gathered here today to celebrate this very important day.

When you make the jump to become a citizen, it’s a big leap. You’re taking it one step higher. This day will resonate for generations. Your family will be able to say “My mom and dad are citizens!”  They will be proud to say that.

Becoming a citizen can change how you think and what you do.  Now you are able to vote, get a passport, and many other things.  Some mental changes are that you become a part of the American jigsaw puzzle, and you get really accepted by people around you.

It does not matter who you were in the past, or who you want to be later, it matters who you are now.  And right now, you are a U.S. citizen.

So, when you walk out of this school with citizenship, celebrate this very important day.

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Conversations in English

These small groups have received national recognition for efforts to help people new to the U.S. learn English. These informal, friendly groups are led by volunteer native speakers of American English. Each group meets once a week.

Schedule of classes | Programa en Español

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Club de conversación in español | Conversations in Spanish (Intermediate)

Nos reunimos el viernes en la biblioteca pública de Boulder de 4.00 a 5.30 pm. (excepto el primer viernes de cada mes). Los participantes deberían tener un nivel de intermedio a avanzado de Español. This class meets Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. (except for the first Friday of each month) at the Boulder Public Library. It is open to all those with an intermediate to advanced level of spoken Spanish.

Location: La sala de conferencias Arapahoe de la Biblioteca Pública de Boulder, edificio principal (Arapahoe Conference Room, Boulder Public Library main branch)

Time: Viernes, 4-5:30 p.m. (excepto el primer viernes de cada mes), Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. (except the first Friday of each month)
Contact: Marc Killinger, or Ghada Elturk,, (303)441-4941
Cost: Free

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Reading to End Racism

1999 Winner, American Library Association Diversity Fair

A joint project re-introduced to Boulder Valley Middle schools during 97-98 school year. A joint project with Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and BVSD Multi Ethnic Action Committee. The goal of this project is to talk to students about racism through readings and personal experiences and to explore various ways to deal with it.

Reading to End Racism Booklist

To have this program offered in your schools or to volunteer please call any of the following people:

  • Ghada Elturk 303-441-4941

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