Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

US based advice but some good tips here:

14 Ways Libraries Can Help Immigrant Children and Families

http://www.5minlib.com/2018/06/14-ways-libraries-can-help-immigrant.html
“The news around immigration to the US is heart breaking right now. If you find yourself wanting to do something, but are not sure what, here are a few suggestions curated mostly from a post in Library Think Tank.

COLLECTION DISPLAYS

  • Create a display related to Migration and Refugees to help inform patrons of why people are coming here.
  • Display Central American Literature.
  • Display books connected to epigenetics, showing how trauma can be passed down through subsequent generations.
  • Always display books that include POC kids. When book talking, always talk them up and get them into kids’ hands to grow empathy.

INFORMATION DISPLAYS

  • Provide sanctuary locations and qualifications.
  • Display information on immigration and legal rights/citizenship/etc. Include this information in multiple languages! Print out Know Your Rights cards in multiple languages.
  • Highlight (or start) your collection on ESL Learning Materials, citizenship exam study books, and information on becoming citizens.
  • Curate useful websites for your patrons: Informed Immigrant, Immi, and more. Check out Libraries Serve Refugees for great and local resources!

PROGRAMMING

  • ‘I’m a Migrant, Ask Me Anything’ Program
  • Invite authors to speak, like Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us) and Luis Alberto Urrea (The Devil’s Highway: A True Story). Offer programs in both English and Spanish!
  • Invite an immigration lawyer or a local nonprofit immigration service to give a talk.
  • Movie screenings about immigrants like El Norte
  • Host a program where your patrons can become pen pals with an immigrant.
  • Currently, there’s The Comfort Campaign going on right now which is open to anyone (ends July 4th). They’re asking for letters of welcome and comfort, artwork and/or a teddy bear to be sent to a nonprofit which will send it out around the US to their 27 different locations. Might make a great and easy program.
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ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT, YOU CAN:

CONNECT

DONATE:

INFORM YOURSELF

MAKE PHONE CALLS

  • DOJ Comment Line: (202)353-1555
  • Chief of Staff, John Kelly – 202-456-1414
  • Attorney General, Jeff Sessions – 202-353-1555
  • DHS Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen – 202-282-8495
  • Acting ICE Director, Thomas Homan – 1-866-DHS-2-ICE
  • HHS Secretary, Alex Azar – 202-690-7000
  • Acting Assistant ACF Secretary, Steven Wagner – 1-877-696-6775​
  • ORR Director, Scott Lloyd -202.401.9246
Do you have any additional suggestions? Please let us know in the comments!”