Black Books Matter

As the country rings with the truth, “Black Lives Matter,” we all must work within our own spheres and communities to manifest that truth. “I was born in Nigeria, a country whose identity is deeply tied to its colonization and oppression by the British. After 20 years of living in America, I know that this… Read more »

Immigration Literature & the Beautiful Blackbird Festival

While the I’m Your Neighbor Books’ immigration engagement tools —like the Welcoming Library —are used across the nation, our organization also works in the New Arrival/New American-rich city of Portland, Maine where we are based. We are proud to be a partner of Indigo Arts Alliance in the creation of the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book… Read more »

Video: How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States

I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to have been at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference to hear Nalini Krishnankutty speak. Here is her Tedx talk on, “How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States.”

Libraries as Centers of Safety, Empathy, and Affirmation


In her introduction to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference panel “Unpacking the Immigrant Experience: Creating a Space for New Arrivals,” I’m Your Neighbor co-founder, Anne Sibley O’Brien voiced the pain and rage of the last year “for all who are concerned about immigrants.” “For all who are concerned about immigrants, it’s been a horrendous… Read more »

Welcoming Library Exhibit at ALA Annual Conference

Thank you to everyone that joined the conversation about the Welcoming Library at the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference! Your insight, your enthusiasm, and your professional and personal commitment to welcoming immigrants gives us the inspiration to move forward!

I’m New Here: Celebrated for National Welcoming Week


Portland School Children Star in Video on Immigration to Premiere During “National Welcoming Week” Portland, ME—“Being new feels happy, shy and scared,” said a Portland third grader in a recent interview. This summer, thirty-five Hall School children shared their feelings about being “new,” being a new arrival and what it looks like to be welcoming… Read more »

New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources


Anne Sibley O’Brien and Kirsten Cappy were delighted to have been the guests of the Association of Library Services for Children at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco.  We had an intriguing conversation with librarians from all over the country about children’s literature, immigration and I’m Your Neighbor. One result of the conversation… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a 2013 Portland, Maine community-wide read and series of public events designed to promote a sense of community among the diverse people who make the port city their home. READ the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Narrative Report Want to hold your own community-wide read of New Arrival Children’s Literature? Explore book options and… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor at ALA

Librarians!  We hope you can join I’m Your Neighbor co-founders Kirsten Cappy and Anne Sibley O’Brien at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA! Saturday, 6/27/15 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. Moscone Convention Center – 3001 (West Building) New Immigrants, New Approaches With continuous news stories… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland


STORIES build understanding. UNDERSTANDING builds neighborhoods. NEIGHBORHOODS build a strong city. I’m Your Neighbor is currently piloting a community-wide read in the city of Portland, Maine. I’m Your Neighbor, Portland features nine books, both fiction and non-fiction, set in Maine and written by regional authors.  The collection of books feature multicultural friendships and immigration stories… Read more »