What Library Champions say about the Project

Libraries have a wealth of resources to help newcomers settle, but immigrants aren’t always aware of them. Library Champions, who are all dedicated volunteers, get out into their communities to spread the word about what public libraries have to offer.

 Featured Library Champions

Being a library champion is a first volunteer experience for me. It allowed me to meet new people, talk with them… I have been here for five years but had no social life whatsoever. LCP gave me the opportunity and the first experience. Outreaching was really easy when talking with people in my first language, but in English was a bit harder. I had to learn new words, prepare myself to approach people and present about libraries.

April 7, 2016

It is very overwhelming to see how we have shaped their perception about libraries and how they have shaped my life too, to see how helpful we, the Library Champions, are in our community.

Cheryl Aquino September 12, 2013

People who read have different life. I always wished to convince everyone around me to read, but there was no opportunity for that till now. LCP gave me a chance to tell people to go visit libraries, play, read, relax, browse through books. My friends would go to the library to get a movie, but now they are taking books too. LCP helped me fulfill my mission of telling people to read. I told a 72 years old gentleman about library services and he is very grateful. He now goes to the library regularly, reads in Persian and uses Internet for free.

April 7, 2016

During this program I found lots of new friends from different countries and different cultures. I appreciate that this program not only helps newcomers but also helps me to find new friends and to understood that I am not alone in this multicultural country.

Beheshteh Maleki September 12, 2013

Hear from Library Champions and their Supporters

Every Library Champion has a story to tell! Learn about the people who make a real difference in the community, including where they moved from and how being a Library Champion changed their lives and the lives of other newcomers in their community.