The CT State Library, Division of Library Development has formed a CT Public Library Task Force consisting of libraries in communities receiving Afghan refugees. These libraries are Bridgeport Public Library, Ferguson Library, Stamford, New Haven Free Public Library, Public Library of New London, Phoebe Griffin Knowles Library, Old Lyme and Russell Library, Middletown. New Haven Free and Ferguson have existing relationships with IRIS and CIRI. The intent of this sub task force is to identify ways that the CT library community can support the organizations welcoming the refugees and to offer direct services. The Task Force created a draft list of items we can begin working on immediately:
This is just an initial list. As we gather more information from libraries and develop programming and resources, we will share with the EAE Task Force.
We are looking to our library community for donations or any of the following items to share with our Afghan newcomers:
We at DLD are also reaching out to publishers for donations. If your library has a strong relationship with a particular publisher, please reach out as well to see if additional donations are possible.
Please contact Dawn La Valle at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist in making arrangements for distribution, or if you have further inquiries or donation ideas.
Many thanks in advance for your efforts and contributions!
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