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Local libraries are true immigrant sanctuaries

“From airports to city streets to social media, countless New Yorkers have shown their support for immigrants and defended their right to be here. As an immigrant myself, it has been incredibly heart-warming to see my neighbors rally around our communities at a time when we are most vulnerable.But many are wondering what they can do other than protest — how they can get more involved and see real results.There is a powerful, effective and meaningful way to uplift and protect immigrant New Yorkers right now: support public libraries, institutions that proudly wear the sign of “everyone is welcome here” each and every day.” (via NY Daily News)

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SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants

“The posters went up quietly. One taped in the window of the library’s main entrance. A cluster near the circulation desk. And even more tacked in the hallways of other branches.“All are welcome,” the yellow posters said, the words translated to five languages including Spanish and Arabic. A cluster of animated figures on the sign — their skin tones black, brown, olive and white — read books, played the piano and held a camera. Within the Main Library’s walls, all are welcome to get a card, to read, to surf the Internet and participate in programs, the sign said.” (via SFGate)

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Kansas City Public Library has team dedicated to helping immigrants become citizens

“The Kansas City Public Library has a unique approach to helping those who are new to the city. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program is one of the only library teams in the country solely focused on the goal of connecting immigrants to resources, like prepping for the citizenship test. The library’s free citizenship preparation classes are fairly new. It is one of at least a dozen organizations in the metro that provides those services, but they say they saw a need within their patron base.” (via KSHB.com)

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Brooklyn Public Library announces programs to provide immigrants greater access to free citizenship, legal services

“Brooklyn Public Library BPL on Wednesday announced two multi-year initiatives to provide immigrants in the borough greater access to free U.S. citizenship and legal services. The first, a program called Prepare for Citizenship, will provide ESOL learners with formal, 11-week citizenship courses at the Canarsie, Flatbush, Sunset Park and Kensington libraries. Operated in partnership with Catholic Migration Services CMS and through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the classes will prepare students for both the English and Civics portion of the Citizenship test and provide free legal assistance. Interested students should sign up to attend a registration session See bklynlibrary.org and catholicmigration.org.  BPL will simultaneously welcome two new Immigrant Justice Corps IJC Community Fellows to help provide critical legal assistance to low-income immigrants throughout the borough. BPL was one of five organizations across New York City to be awarded IJC Community Fellows this year; they will begin formally offering services later this month.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Budgets Challenge Libraries, a ‘Point of Integration’ for Immigrants

“You can always tell what time of year it is by the array of books that greet visitors to the Sheepshead Bay branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. These days, volumes on women’s suffrage, the Constitution and democracy occupy a place of honor in anticipation of Election Day. “We have educational talks to remind the community about the privilege of voting,” said Svetlana Negrimovskaya, the branch supervisor. “We explain to them how so many people went through hardship to get the right to vote.” (via NYTimes.com)

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