What is the Library Champions Project?

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10 Reasons to Become a Library Champion

  1. Discover amazing programs at your public library.
  2. Build English communication & presentation skills.
  3. Increase your confidence.
  4. Help other new immigrants.
  5. Give back to your community.
  6. Learn about events & activities in your city.
  7. Gain volunteer experience and references.
  8. Learn about different cultures.
  9. Build connections to your community.
  10. Make new friends.

What is a Library Champion?

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The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three month volunteer program for new immigrants.

During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants. The LCP’s four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation and outreach skills and on the range of programs, services and resources that are available in libraries and out in the community.

After the training, Library Champions develop a three month outreach plan that is doable and fits their schedule. The outreach plans include sharing information with friends, family, colleagues and individual community members, giving group presentations, speaking with community agencies, and using social media. LCP facilitators support the Champions with their outreach by helping them identify additional contacts and overcoming any challenges they might encounter.

On average, each Library Champion shares information with about 70 other new immigrants. As of October 2017, more than 1,000 new immigrants have been trained as Library Champions and these individuals have reached out to more than 63,000 other new immigrants.

More than 50 libraries across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are a part of the Library Champions Project. The project is also supported by numerous immigrant serving organizations and community agencies which assist with project promotion and referrals.

For more information and registration details, click here or contact the project facilitators, Helene Rasmussen at helene.rasmussen@librarychampions.ca or Branka Vlasic at branka.vlasic@librarychampions.ca.