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.
Ferguson Library offers:
Learn more about our library services for English learners, new Americans and immigrants from our virtual library tour.
Greater Norwalk Literacy Volunteers (GNLV) at Norwalk Public Library
GNLV provides weekly English classes for English language learners. Prospective students are given a written and oral test to determine at which of five levels--from advanced to beginner--they should begin. Our program is not semester based, so it allows flexibility for those who need it due to job changes and childcare needs. Students can switch classes at any time as long as their is a tutor who teaches at their level and is available during the time requested.
GNLV Book Collection
The GNLV department has a large collection of books, DVDs, and CD set for English Language Learners of different level proficiency levels at our Main Library and a smaller collection at our SoNo Branch Library. These items can be searched in our catalog by keyword and by call number.
World Languages DVDs
The GNLV department has a collection of world languages DVDs at both library locations that can be searched in our catalog keyword by subject or by call number.
The GNLV department does not offer computer help at present; however, the reference staff at both libraries offer one-on-one help in person and virtually by appointment.
Language Access Plan provides help in a particular language. Call the number that corresponds to the language and a translator will help!
The Russell Library provides the Middlesex County with:
· Private meeting rooms for adults and young adults
· Weekly English Conversation Group beginning in the Fall of 2022
· Tech help and individual classes by appointment with Book-a-Librarian
· Lawyers in Libraries on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
· Free Notary Services by appointment
· Job and Career support through our Career Center
· Hotspots to check out
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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