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!

Welcoming Library at One Journey Festival

The I’m Your Neighbor’s Welcoming Library was exhibited alongside the Refugee Dolls project at the 1 Journey Festival in DC in June.  Honored to have the Refugee Dolls’ founder Jeanne Trabulsi acquire the first Welcoming Library to travel out of Maine, the project’s pilot state. The Refugee Doll Project Refugee dolls are educational tools to… Read more »

Every Class Had Family Who Were Immigrants


“Reading in various classrooms was the best part of the experience for me. I was able to share that students in most every class I visited had family members or close friends who were immigrants. We had some great discussions!” —Welcome Library School Ambassador

Empathy for Refugees Through Story…and Hypnosis


  Studies have shown that reading fiction creates empathy.  That is the whole basis of I’m Your Neighbor – creating empathy for the immigration experience through stories. Amnesty International took one refugee’s story and shared it directly with the subconscious of handful of long-term citizens. The results are shocking and breathtaking. Brace yourself.  

I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library


  The I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library is a portable book collection and display of acclaimed picture books featuring the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience. This pilot traveling library will be made available to Maine school and public libraries for monthly loan starting in September 2017. Given the national conversation about immigration, the I’m… Read more »

This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books


I’m Your Neighbor is a website offering children’s immigration stories and books. It is not a site about global or even American politics.  But immigration is a deeply political issue in America and across the globe. Is I’m Your Neighbor about to get political?  I don’t know.  You might need to tell me. This is… Read more »