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Celebrate World Refugee Day 2021 | June 20
Theme: Together we heal, learn and shine

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The
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association (ALA) invite libraries to commemorate World Refugee Day 2021.  For ideas and resources, go to:

 


Join us for a Webinar on “Library Services to Refugees during the COVID-19 Pandemic <flyer: jpg, png, pdf>
Date/Time: June 18th, 12:00-1:15 pm CST | FREE Registration <click here>

Abstract:
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for communities worldwide and the libraries that serve them. Libraries have had to pivot to ensure the safety of their staff and users while continuing to provide accessible and safe services. How have libraries specifically responded to serve refugees and how are they planning to transition to offer welcoming spaces and services for refugees post-pandemic? The webinar will present the experiences of libraries in and outside the United States serving refugees, and policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic that have impacted the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers. The webinar addresses the 2021 World Refugee Day theme: Together we heal, learn and shine.

For questions, write to mortenson@illinois.edu and/or diversity@ala.org.


The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association commemorate World Refugee Day 2020, affirming:

We are the United States*, welcoming people born here or afar.
We are neighbors, diverse cultures, connected in common humanity.
We are libraries**, welcoming all – people, ideas and knowledge.
We strengthen our communities from the most vulnerable to the most affluent.


Note: We invite other organizations to use this statement, replacing the * with their own location, and the ** with their own organization type/name.