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I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Welcoming Library | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

  The I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library is a portable book collection and display of acclaimed picture books featuring the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience. This pilot traveling library will be made available to Maine school and public libraries for monthly loan starting in September 2017. Given the national conversation about immigration, the I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library seeks to raise awareness and build sensitivity for all ages through children’s literature. “The true meeting takes place when the book opens, and a stranger reads about —...

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This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

I’m Your Neighbor is a website offering children’s immigration stories and books. It is not a site about global or even American politics.  But immigration is a deeply political issue in America and across the globe. Is I’m Your Neighbor about to get political?  I don’t know.  You might need to tell me. This is what I do know.  Stories and books exist to explain things to us, to help us to stop being afraid of things, and to help us feel something for someone we have never met. Stories and books are part of our global culture because they build knowledge, confidence, and empathy.  The world...

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Dominican American Book Awarded

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Dominican American Book Awarded

Dominican American Book Awarded

  Congratulations to I’m Your Neighbor co-founder Terry Farish for receiving an Honor from the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children for her picture book Luis Paints the World (Lerner). The award was established to “promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and...

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Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Following is the keynote address by author Maria Testa for the Citizenship Ceremony held at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME on March 10, 2016 It is an extraordinary honor to welcome new Americans to our country. What we are witnessing today is, in fact, a tremendous gift to our country. You have honored all of us by choosing to become Americans. Those of you who are familiar with my work as a writer know that I have been exploring the ideal of America – and the question of who is an American – for quite some time. In my explorations, I have sometimes looked to my own family, my own...

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New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in * I'm Your Neighbor, Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

Anne Sibley O’Brien and Kirsten Cappy were delighted to have been the guests of the Association of Library Services for Children at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco.  We had an intriguing conversation with librarians from all over the country about children’s literature, immigration and I’m Your Neighbor. One result of the conversation is that we need more populations listed on the website—Chinese American, Indian American, and more!  We welcome your input on populations and titles here. Following are some of the the materials that...

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I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Engagement Projects, Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a 2013 Portland, Maine community-wide read and series of public events designed to promote a sense of community among the diverse people who make the port city their home. READ the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Narrative Report Want to hold your own community-wide read of New Arrival Children’s Literature? Explore book options and contact...

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I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Last weekend I’m Your Neighbor took to the skies and traveled to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Conference. I’m Your Neighbor was selected to be a presenter at the Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday afternoon, along side programs such as the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, REFORMA and the Chinese American Librarians Association. ALA says, “The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners;...

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“I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on “I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

“I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

By Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator, Author Adviser, I’m Your Neighbor, Blogger at COLORING BETWEEN THE LINES: REFLECTIONS ON RACE, CULTURE AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS One issue that is likely to surface in a discussion of building bridges between “new arrival” and “long-term communities” is: Who is identified as part of each community? Who might be left out? Those questions encompass these issues: – Members of some long-term groups may feel that, due to race and/or class barriers, they have yet to be “welcomed,” and...

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I’m Your Neighbor, Portland

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor, Portland

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland

STORIES build understanding. UNDERSTANDING builds neighborhoods. NEIGHBORHOODS build a strong city. I’m Your Neighbor is currently piloting a community-wide read in the city of Portland, Maine. I’m Your Neighbor, Portland features nine books, both fiction and non-fiction, set in Maine and written by regional authors.  The collection of books feature multicultural friendships and immigration stories that reflect shifts in Portland’s cultural makeup, with immigrants and refugees coming from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia over the last 30 years. Throughout 2013,...

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Julie Ham on Writing/Illustrating Outside of Your Culture

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Julie Ham on Writing/Illustrating Outside of Your Culture

Julie Ham on Writing/Illustrating Outside of Your Culture

Julie Ham, associate editor at Charlesbridge Publishers, recently wrote a wonderful post on authors writing outside their culture on the CBC Diversity blog. She asks, “Can authors or illustrators write about or illustrate cultures and races different from their own?” and her answer is “Yes.” Ham writes, “Books about various races and cultures reflect the diverse world we live in, can break stereotypes, bring readers to a faraway locale, and/or encourage readers to consider their own racial or cultural roots…I do believe that writing about or illustrating a...

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Maine’s New Arrivals Featured in 7 Books

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Maine’s New Arrivals Featured in 7 Books

Maine’s New Arrivals Featured in 7 Books

Maine authors, illustrators, and publishers have opened their notebooks, sketchbooks, and curiosity to the arrival of “new neighbors.”  Seven books have been released in the past few years depicting the growing cultural diversity of “the whitest state in the nation” through the arrival of students, business people, refugees, and secondary migrants from all over the world. Seven children’s books (fiction and non-fiction) voice the arrival and everyday stories of people from Cambodia, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosova, Ghana, India, Syria,...

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Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Indian American, Sikh American, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

By Delanie Honda (Intern to I’m Your Neighbor) I recently completed Shine, Coconut Moon, which Kirsten posted about last week (see the post here). Having completed this book, I wanted to follow up and reiterate Kirsten’s encouragement to purchase and read this title. Samar, aka Sam, was raised as a typical American teenager by her mom and has given little thought to her Sikh and Indian background until her Uncle Sandeep reconnects with her family. Sam comes to learn more about her cultural background as her relationship with uncle deepens and so does the reader. Prior to reading...

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Finding Terms to Describe Authors Writing Cross Culturally

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Author / Illustrator Research, I'm Your Neighbor News | 1 comment

Finding Terms to Describe Authors Writing Cross Culturally

By Delanie Honda (Intern to I’m Your Neighbor) Difficulties in word choice is not a new thing here at “I’m Your Neighbor.” Exhibit A: Note that this project uses the terms “new arrivals” and “long-communities.” They are in quotations for a reason. We’ve admitted to ourselves that the terminology is a little awkward, but so are many word choices that are associated with community, ethnicity, culture, and class. The latest block I’ve run into has come with creating the “Author Research” sections of our book pages. Some of...

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“I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on “I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program

“I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program

Delanie “Lanie” Honda, an English Major at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, will join the I’m Your Neighbor project as a summer intern.  Selected by Wheaton as a Merit Scholar, Lanie’s contribution to this project is fully supported by the college. Lanie, who hopes to pursue a career in publishing, has already served the written word in her community as a certified braille transcriber and as the writer of short biographies about local war veterans from the Civil War to Vietnam while working for the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia, MN. The president of...

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Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA

Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA

Author and N.H. Humanities Council Connections Program Director, Terry Farish, children’s book author/illustrator and educator, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and children’s book engagement consultant, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City gave a symposium at the International Reading Association Annual Convention on New Neighbors: Using Children’s Books to Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Long-term Communities highlighting the I’m Your Neighbor project. Many thanks to all the educators that attended and shared ideas!  Below is a list of resources mentioned.  Please feel free to...

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Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Cambodian American, Engagement Projects, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

This weekend, Cambodians Americans in Maine and Cambodians around the world, celebrate the New Year. In celebration of that holiday, third and forth graders from Canal School in Westbrook, Maine joined Peaks Island, Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien to listen to a reading from O’Brien’s book about Cambodians Americans, A Path of Stars. Together they created greeting cards with “Happy New Year” written in Khmer, the language of Cambodia, and hand-drawn lotus blossoms for the Buddhist temple in Buxton, Maine. Canal School librarian, Susan Brown invited Anne Sibley O’Brien to...

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