On June 20, 2020, the world will observe the United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. Commemorate this day by pledging, sharing, and learning.
- Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- UN Refugee Day website
- USA for UNHCR - Refugees in America
- USA for UNHCR Refugee Facts
- Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
- Refugee Libraries
- New Americans
- Academic libraries serving refugees and asylum seekers
- American Libraries Article on public libraries serving immigrant and refugee populations at ALA Annual 2018
- Public Libraries Online op-ed article on resources to better support refugee populations
- 2020 World Refugee Day Toolkit
Join us for a webinar
Title: From Refugee to Librarian: In our own words
Description: As librarians, we have worked to create welcoming spaces and services for refugees. We have learned about them in order to support their resettlement and integration. The refugee stories we read about come from the communities we serve. How about the refugee stories that come from our own professional and academic community? In this webinar, we give voice to refugees who have become librarians or library educators. They will share their journey from persecution to resettlement to a professional career, giving the listener a glimpse into their experiences of struggle, resilience, hope, and belonging.
What else can you do #WithRefugees?
- Host a bookclub on a book written by a refugee
- Encourage patrons to watch a documentary on refugees and discuss during a virtual meeting
- Invite refugee or immigrant member of your community to speak about their experience