Get ready! Welcoming Week is almost here, and community libraries are working to demonstrate that we are welcoming to everyone, including immigrants and refugees.
What is Welcoming Week?
From September 15-24, King County Library System (along with lots of other organizations nationwide) celebrates Welcoming Week with fun activities that connect our communities and welcome neighbors and newcomers of all backgrounds.
During this week, communities work to gather immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone— including new Americans.The week-long celebration was started by Welcoming America, a nationwide movement that works to "support the many diverse communities and partners who are leading efforts to make their communities more vibrant places for all."
How can you participate?
At Your Library:
At your local library, we're striving to nurture our growing and diverse communities, and what better way to do that than with a bunch of awesome programs? Check these out:
- Tukwila Library is hosting a series of programs on the theme of place and identity.
- The Kent Library is offering Journey to Peace: A Community Feast & Sharing Event in partnership with Project Feast, Interfaith Community Sanctuary, and City of Kent.
- Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Kingsgate, Redmond, and Sammamish Libraries are participating in the Eastside Refugee & Immigrant Coalition Welcoming Week Celebration.
PLUS, look out for book displays at your local library branch that can give you even more to explore on this topic!
On the internet:
- HASHTAGS! During Welcoming Week, you can participate on social media by following and using the hashtags #WelcomingWeek and #IWelcome.
- You can also support Welcoming Week by using a fun Facebook profile photo frame.
(Go to facebook.com/profilepicframes and search for Welcoming America)
In Your Community:
- The library is not the only organization hosting Welcoming Week events. Visit the Welcoming America website and scroll to the bottom of the page to see what Welcoming Week events are happening in your area!
- Download and print out your own Welcomer sign and spread the word (like our library staff in the photos below), share your story, and engage with your neighbors!