Maine writer donates $15,000 to reading program that welcomes immigrants

From the Portland Press Herald: The generosity of a Maine author will allow more schools and libraries in Maine and across the country to participate in a reading program that welcomes immigrants to their new communities. Phillip Hoose, whose 13 books include the National Book Award-winning “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice,” has donated $15,000 to… Read more »

How To Wear a Sari: Event Kit & Giveaway Winners

ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES Event Guide: Welcoming in the South Asian Community Why not turn your event into a celebration of South Asian community members? Canvassing children’s librarians and South Asian librarians and colleagues, Curious City has created a short list of possible ways to fold in community members as partners and participants. Why not include… Read more »

All for One: Libraries Win Cuban American Chapter Book

All for One & One for All! Dominguita, Pancho, and Stef are back in this Cuban American early chapter series. This time, a quinceañera may be at risk unless the the imaginative friends can take inspiration from another classic novel. Can you guess which one? Terry Catasús Jennings On September 11, 1961, Terry Catasús Jennings… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books Named SCORE’s Nonprofit of the Year

SCORE Maine named I’m Your Neighbor Books their Nonprofit of the Year. To keep everyone safe, our SCORE mentor Thomas Leonhardt presented the award to the board and staff at an October garden party. Watch for a full pantheon of our gratitude. See photos of the celebratory gathering.

Welcoming Afghans as Americans—With Books

Two Sandals No reader that has met Lina and Feroza on the pages of the picture book Four Feet, Two Sandals doubts that Afghan refugees should be resettled in America. Since 2007, students have been reading about how each girl finds a single sandal in a clothing distribution drop. Flip-flopping around the camp in just… Read more »

Unpacking Children’s Books for Stronger Community

I’m Your Neighbor Books Executive Director Kirsten Cappy is honored to by keynoting the 2021 NHSLMA Library Camp on their themes of WELCOME | INCLUDE | REPRESENT. Participants, watch this post for resources. The Suitcase: Unpacking Children’s Books for Stronger Community Our collections and future acquisitions hold the tools for a more equitable school and… Read more »