What is the Library Champions Project?
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 gaining an understanding of the range of programs, services, and resources that are provided by libraries and immigrant and community service agencies.
After the training, Library Champions develop an outreach plan that is doable for them and fits their schedule. These plans include sharing information with friends, family, colleagues, and other community members, giving group presentations, speaking with community agencies, and using social media. LCP facilitators support the Library Champions with their outreach by helping them identify additional contacts and overcoming any challenges.
On average, each Library Champion shares information with more than 50 other new immigrants. As of January 2021, more than 1,500 new immigrants have been trained as Library Champions and these individuals have reached out to more than 87,000 other new immigrants!
Libraries across the Mainland / Southwest region of BC 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.
10 Reasons to Become a Library Champion
- Discover amazing programs at your public library.
- Learn about the services offered by community and immigrant serving agencies.
- Build English communication & presentation skills.
- Increase your confidence.
- Help other new immigrants.
- Give back to your community.
- Learn about events & activities in your city.
- Gain volunteer experience and references.
- Learn about different cultures.
- Make new friends.