Welcoming Library

The Welcoming Library is a pop-up conversation on immigration.

A Canadianized collaboration between I’m Your Neighbor Books, Langley Literacy Network & Langley Children Committee


Welcoming Library – A pop up conversation in immigration and belonging. That conversation is driven by a collection of acclaimed picture books featuring New Arrival and New Canadian communities to create a dialogue about immigration, welcoming and belonging.

Readers of all ages “meet” these families on the page and explore the commonalities shared by all families. This exploration is done with I’m Your Neighbor Books-created discussion questions as well as companion programming and education materials. The collection — with its pop-up display unit — packs into two crates and travels between schools, libraries, and community centres in Langley, building an environment of welcoming and belonging. Welcoming Library Info-Sheet2021

“Because books change our perception of ourselves and others, they are unexpectedly powerful anti-racist tools.” —Kirsten Cappy, Executive Director I’m Your Neighbour Books

Reserve a Circulating Welcoming Library

The Welcoming Library is a traveling collection, designed to visit schools, libraries, and community centres in Langley, free of charge. To borrow a Welcome Library, contact [email protected]

To Learn more or purchase your own Canadian version of a Welcoming Library, contact:

I’m Your Neighbor Books is a project that highlights the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. By reading and engaging with children’s books, readers of all ages and backgrounds can experience immigration and cultural celebration. Fiction, from picture books to novels, allows readers to see themselves and others in a way that changes the culture of Belonging and Welcoming. ImYourNeighborBooks.org sorts and features children’s books by the culture represented, allowing for schools, libraries, and organizations to best select and share books that represent their neighborhoods and the diversity of the nation. I’m Your Neighbor Books | [email protected] | 207-613-1619

Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this project:

With full gratitude, we acknowledge we live and work on the traditional unceded territory of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations. We honour the Ancestors and all relations who walked this land long before us.

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