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Comics Relief: A Free First Second Virtual Festival

Comics Relief: A Free First Second Virtual Festival

Attention comics fans and creators! On Saturday April 18 8am-2pm, graphic novel publisher First Second is hosting a FREE virtual comics festival featuring Lily Williams, Karean Schneemann, Lucy Knisley, Ngozi Ukazu, Lisa Brown, Kat Leyh, and Gene Luen Yang.

You may be familiar with many of First Second’s awesome graphic novels like Stargazing, Best Friends, Go With the Flow, Check, Please!, Pumpkinheads, Pashmina, the Olympians series, and tons of other Casti favorites.

More information is available on the First Second website. Be sure to submit a question for a chance to win books! You can register and see the full schedule online. Please note that the times listed are Eastern.

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Collections in Sora

Collections in Sora

Looking for your next ebook or audiobook in Sora? Try browsing the collections in Sora. Collections are curated lists of books that are grouped together based on genre, format, theme, or appeal term. If you’ve scrolled through the Explore tab in Sora, you may have already seen collections like “Great 6th Grade Reads”, “Queer & Here”, or “Literature for Older Readers”. To see all of the collections at once, click or tap “Collections” at the top right of the Explore tab.

We are updating our current collections and adding new ones regularly. Let us know if you have a suggestion for a collection!

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Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest

Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest

Comic creators and appreciators: throughout the month of March, Peninsula Libraries will be hosting a Comic Arts Fest! Check out events like author visits, comics and storytelling workshops, DIY screen printing, a small press comics expo, and a documentary screening of She Makes Comics featuring interviews with some of the most influential women in the comics industry.

Find the complete schedule of events here.

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Creativebug: Online Arts & Crafts Classes

Creativebug: Online Arts & Crafts Classes

Crafters! Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops so you can learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more. This is a subscription service, but Santa Clara County Library cardholders can access Creativebug for free! All you need is a library card. Click here to fill out a library card application. Once you’ve got your card, click here to explore all the fun projects available from Creativebug.

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Check out a Casti Library Action Pack (CLAP)!

Check out a Casti Library Action Pack (CLAP)!

Have you heard about Casti Library Action Packs (CLAPs)?? Borrow all the materials you’ll need to complete one of three fun activities: cloudspotting, pompom making, and sashiko mending. The upcoming February break is the perfect time to check one out!

The Cloudspotting CLAP comes with cloud and light effects identifiers, an inflatable pillow, and watercolors. Get outside and see what kinds of clouds you can spot using The Cloud Collector’s Handbook. Lay back on the inflatable pillow and draw inspiration from the sky to create a small watercolor painting!

The Pompom Making CLAP comes with four sizes of pompom makers, yarn, scissors, and a cat brush to make super fluffy pompoms. Try out some of the projects in Pompomania, like garlands, cacti, emojis, and more!

The brand new Sashiko Mending CLAP comes with embroidery thread, needles, and hoop, scissors, and fabric so that you can make an embroidered patch. Make + Mend has sashiko stitching patterns, plus project ideas for your completed patch!

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Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

Awesome Archives for Hispanic Heritage Month

La Cuesta Rancho Santa Barbara County : 1892, from the “Hispanics on the Central Coast – 300 Years of History” Collection by the Black and Gold Cooperative Library System. Public Domain.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, you might be interested in checking out contemporary and historical digital archives covering art, literature, politics, and much, much more! 

Here are some examples to explore, and advice for finding even more, but feel free to post other favorites in Comments:

UCSB Library, Department of Special Research Collections (on Calisphere) includes an extremely rich range of LatinX visual art archives and artists’ papers, as well as oral histories, sound recordings, and more. (Also see New York’s MoMA for a list of Archives of LatinX art).

Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (Library of Congress) Listen to recordings of readings, interviews, and older biographies of and by “writers from thirty-two countries are represented in this collection which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.” Recordings cover 1873-present. More about the collection.

Veteranas and Rucas (on Instagram) Historical “Photo Archive/self representation archive by/for self identified Women of So.Cal” by Guadalupe Rosales.

LLILAS Benson Digital Collections (University of Texas) Rich set of archives including everything from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive to Archive of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas to books printed in Mexico before 1601 to speeches and documents from a wide variety of countries’ political leaders, not to mention oral histories of Latinos and Latinas of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage (National Archives) Arts, Entertainment, and Culture; Education and Civil Rights, Government and Politics; Diplomacy; Veterans; and more.

San Diego Lowrider Archival Project (University of San Diego) “The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project documents the history of lowriding in San Diego and the surrounding borderlands, from the 1950s through today. The project includes photographs, car club documents and memorabilia, official records, meeting minutes, dance posters and lowrider art. These materials reflect important qualities of the lowrider movement: creativity, independence, cultural pride, resistance, activism, community service, collectivism, tradition and ritual, and cultural continuity.”

Don’t forget to search Calisphere, California’s central digital archive of primary sources covering the history of our state. For example, you can find sources on the Zoot Suit Riots or the Mexican American Political Association there.

You can also look at other state archives, such as New York, that have been working on documenting LatinX history of the US.

If you want to dive further into the hundreds of digitized and physical archives available, or search for a specific topic, location, or heritage of interest to you, here are some open web searches to get you started:

[ hispanic OR latino OR latina OR chicano OR chicana OR latinx archives ]

[ “mexican OR cuban OR salvadoran OR rican OR peruvian american” archives ]

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