Friday, October 01, 2021 Isabelle Odeh

October 2021 is Global Diversity Awareness Month. During this time we celebrate and spread awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities from all around the world. Easier now than ever to connect with those around us, Global Diversity Awareness Month helps us learn more about the cultures that are near and far.

According to the United Nations International Migration report, nearly 272 million people live in a country other than their country of birth, meaning the migration of people and cultures has spread at a 77 percent increase since 1990. We work, live, and are around many people of different cultures and ethnicities. Join us as we celebrate the many cultures that surround us with events like our award-winning World Language Storytimes, a cultural exploration event, and more. We will also have a World Cultural Display highlighting different cultures starting Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the Lake Arlington Branch. There will be different items that highlight culture, history, and diversity. Bring your families and learn about the diversity all around us.

World language storytimes will be offered in English and a different international language. 

Swahili Storytime

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch

Vietnamese Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch

Virtual Mandarin Storytime

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. on Zoom

Registration required. 

Farsi/Pashtu Storytime

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 11 - 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch

Portuguese Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, from 4:30 - 5 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library

Explore Japanese Culture

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch

Registration required.

Diverse Books Read To Me Kit 

The kit includes:

  • Craft for ages 2-5
  • Five of our favorite board or picture books

Registration opens Friday, October 8, 2021, at 8 a.m. Sign up here.

Pick up Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch.

Continue the learning at home with book recommendations from our librarians. 

Non-fiction Books

Picture Books

J Fiction