Public Programs Office announces new online resources for immigration-themed programming

Contact: Lainie Castle, PPO

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2006

Public Programs Office announces new online resources

for immigration-themed programming

CHICAGO - The Public Programs Office (PPO) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the creation of a new Web site designed to assist librarians in creating public programs on the theme "Becoming American - New Immigration Stories." The project is designed to provide libraries throughout the United States with an excellent selection of books on immigrant literature for adults and families.

In the fall of 2004, ALA hosted a planning meeting to discuss building excellent collections of American immigrant literature for adults and families. An advisory group of librarians and scholars convened to facilitate the creation of reading lists for children, young adults and adult readers. Meeting participants were asked to discuss the nature and importance of collection development, the selection of appropriate and outstanding books, important themes addressed in immigrant literature, the intended readers of selected titles, and the educational benefits of providing the selection of books to libraries.

The "Becoming American - New Immigration Stories" Web site has been created to share the outcomes of this project with librarians and facilitate local programming related to the theme. The site includes reading lists, downloadable bookmarks, and programming resources to help librarians engage their communities in reading and discussing important texts containing rich and deep insights into America's vibrant tradition of immigrant literature.

"Becoming American - New Immigration Stories" is part of the "Millennium Project for Public Libraries," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of America (LOA) and the American Library Association (ALA). The Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding.
To access the project Web site, please visit
and select the "Becoming American - New Immigration Stories" link, or go directly to