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2020 Observances: October

October

The month of October features two observances: Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 - October 15, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2019 FEATURE: The Work of Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez"

In her poetry and prose, Julia Alvarez (born 1950) has expressed her feelings about her immigration to the United States. She was born in New York City of Dominican parents, who returned to their native land with their newborn daughter. After her family's reimmigration to the United States when Alvarez was ten, she and her sisters struggled to find a place for themselves in their new world. Alvarez has used her dual experience as a starting point for the exploration of culture through writing.

Alvarez's most notable work, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, fictionally discusses her life in the Dominican Republic and the United States and the hardships her family faced as immigrants. Apparently the culmination of many years of effort, the 15 stories which make up the novel offer entertaining insights for a wide variety of potential readers that includes both Hispanics and non-Hispanics." - from "Julia Alvarez." Encyclopedia of World Biography Online, Gale, 1998. Biography In Context

Online Resources

About Me  The author's autobiography as provided on her web site

Julia Alvarez interview: In the time of discovery  "Julia Alvarez shares the key elements of her life and work as a novelist, poet and researcher"

By the Book: Julia Alvarez  New York Times interview from April 11, 2019 (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.) 

Q&A With Julia Alvarez  from 2014

THE ENTHUSIAST: In Praise of Julia Alvarez  New York Times piece from June 20, 2018 (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.) 

Julia Alvarez Talks About Her Experience as a Dual Citizen

Julia Alvarez To Receive 2013 National Medal Of The Arts  The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government 

Books at the SJR State Library by Julia Alvarez 

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

Books and eBooks at the SJR State Library About Julia Alvarez and Her Work

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

Please note: eBooks are only accessible to currently registered SJR State students, faculty, and staff via MySJRstate due to licensing restrictions.

LIBRARY EVENTS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, 2019

#trendingtopics Film Series - Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations  (2014)

"Life on the Line tells the story of millions of children whose lived realities epitomize what mestiza-feminist theorist Gloria Anzaldua called "a struggle of borders" through a close-up look at one young girl who bravely tries to hold her family together in the face of great economic, social, emotional and political assault. As an antidote to the commonly xenophobic and dehumanizing public attitudes and policies surrounding illegal immigration, this film offers a heartfelt and humanizing portrait of a one of the most pressing issues of our time. This short film provides rich analytical fodder for teachers of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies classes to explore transnational families, hybrid consciousness, the quest for belonging, and the frequent dramaturgies of citizenship marked by rupture, liminality, heartbreak and hope."- Kanopy 

Running time: 27 minutes

This documentary is not rated. 

Screening Dates and Locations

September 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Palatka Campus Library, L219C

September 25, 2019 at 2:00 Orange Park Campus Library, L-111


#trendingtopics Film Series - Who is Dayani Cristal?: Stories of Crossing the Border  (2013)

"The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Winner of a World Cinema - Documentary Cinematography Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

"With its compellingly multifaceted approach, its earnest compassion and a celebrity presence in the form of the actor Gael Garcia Bernal, the documentary could be enlisted in the perennial battle over immigration law." - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times" - Kanopy

Running Time: 90 minutes

This documentary is not rated. 

Screening Date and Location

September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.  St. Augustine Campus Library, L-112 


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019

‘THE RIGHT TALENT, RIGHT NOW’ AS THEME FOR 2019 NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

The 2019 theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) administers NDEAM.

"Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now."

Observed annually in October, NDEAM celebrates America's workers with disabilities both past and present, and emphasizes the importance of inclusive policies and practices to ensure that all Americans who want to work can work, and have access to services and supports to enable them to do so. With continued advances in such supports, including accessible technology, it is easier than ever before for America's employers to hire people with disabilities in high-demand jobs.

NDEAM traces its beginnings to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the use of the word "physically" ceased in order to include individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, the Department established ODEP and it assumed responsibility for NDEAM, which includes annual theme selection to facilitate advanced event planning by businesses and community organizations that support the employment of people with disabilities. - source

Library Events for Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019

Autism in America

Autism in America
A genuine and straightforward look into the Autism Spectrum Disorder as told by the families and individuals living with Autism daily.” - Kanopy

Running Time: 103 minutes.  This documentary is not rated. 

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October 23, 2019 
10:00 a.m.
Palatka Campus Library

The Key of G

"An award-winning documentary about disability, caregiving and interdependence. THE KEY OF G tells the story of Gannet, a 22-year-old man with severe disabilities, as he prepares to move out of his mother's home and into a San Francisco apartment with three musicians and artists as primary caregivers.

Winner of the 2007 Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, THE KEY OF G provides a model of how someone with serious disabilities can be integrated into the community and live a truly full life. Along the way, it challenges conventional notions about independence, empathy, and disability, and provides a glimpse into a kind of life seldom seen on television."-Kanopy

Running time: 60 minutes. This documentary is not rated. 

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October 23, 2019 
2:00 p.m.
Orange Park Campus Library, L-111

best and most beautiful things

Best and Most Beautiful Things

"In 2009, director Garrett Zevgetis googled the word "Beauty." He had been working on a number of darker-themed documentaries and was determined to find an uplifting story for a future project. The search returned a poignant Helen Keller quote that led Garrett to Perkins School for the Blind outside Boston, a renowned institution where a feature documentary had never before been made. He began volunteering at Perkins. On the last day of his scheduled term, a bubbly student introduced herself - Michelle had found him.." - Kanopy

JOIN US!

October 30, 2019 
2:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Campus Library

General Resources for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Online Resources

Disability History: An Important Part of America's Heritage

Disability Etiquette  Prepared by the job Accommodation Network 

Guideposts for Success  The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person’s future can be determined. The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions, and youth themselves through the transition processes.

Building an Inclusive Workforce A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

ADA Library  Provides links to information from various government agencies regarding the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Title I through Title V.

 

Books at the SJR State Library about Disability History & Employment 

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.  These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog.