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- ALA's American Dream Starts @ your library which provides a one-time grant up to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities.
- Libraries Serve Refugees is an effort to bring together resources and assets to help libraries serve refugees. They are particularly looking to build a body of experts in this area and connect them to libraries that are developing services to refugee populations.
- Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers is an effort to help libraries that wish to provide programs and services for immigrants living in their communities by learning from USA and international library services who are already serving this community. Our work has produced among other resources, guides for library staff and stakeholders on serving refugees and inform other community members on issues affecting refugees.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship Resource Center, with additional resources for libraries, recognizing that libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities.
- Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong.
Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC)
Report Focuses on English Language Learners and Their Impact on Connecticut's Education and Workforce from the Latino Endowment Fund / Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
English as a Second Language - service providers in Connecticut - source: Network of Care
Literacy Volunteers in Connecticut:
- Literacy Volunteers of Central CT
- Literacy Volunteers of Eastern CT
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (including Meriden, Wallingford and the Valley)
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
- Literacy Volunteers on the Green (Litchfield and Fairfield counties)
- Literacy Volunteers, Valley Shore, CT (Serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook)
Other Tools & Resources
From the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA:
English Language Learners (ELL) in 2013-2014, by District - source: CT Mirror
Welcome: Services to Multi-Lingual Communities
Welcome is a discussion group for Connecticut library staff serving multilingual populations. The group is facilitated by Steve Cauffman and Maria Bernier from the Division of Library Development at the Connecticut State Library.
Quick fact: 22% of the people in Connecticut speak a language other than English at home.*
*Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates via American Fact Finder
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