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Title:A Space for Stories: Libraries Serving Child and Young Adult Refugees
Author(s):Vladoiu, Megan
Subject(s):Public Libraries
Children’s Librarianship
Young Adult Services
Abstract:Many public libraries have started to examine how they can serve refugee children and young adults. Language learning and cultural integration are both commonly cited needs, however libraries can also be central to creating a feeling of belonging. Importantly for children and young adults, libraries can provide entertainment and escape. This paper argues that libraries must work to create a safe space that welcomes child and young adult refugees, while also providing an escape from what is often a traumatic background. The Silent Books Project coming out of Lampedusa, Italy and the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany are used as examples of library programming targeted toward refugee children and young adults.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by Megan Vladoiu. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the author.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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