Friday, May 24, 2013

"I'm Your Neighbor, Portland" Launches!

 I’m Your Neighbor, Portland and the Portland Public Library invite you to the Launch Event of a year-long community-wide read of books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities.
Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013
Time: 3:00-6:00 PM
Location: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine

 The Featured Books by Maine authors and illustrators tell the stories of people who have come to Maine from all over the world in the last several decades and in doing so transformed the city of Portland into a vibrantly multiracial and multicultural community. (The collection includes one title, My Friend Jamal, borrowed from Canada.)

The May 25th event will introduce the books (for both families and adult readers) with readings, music, and refreshments from local independent groceries. Attendees will have an opportunity to say “I’m Your Neighbor” in any language they know, share the story of their name with their neighbors, and envision how these books can be used in the community.

The Portland Public Library’s I’m Your Neighbor, Portland book collection will open for circulation the day of the event. Books will be for sale by the USM Bookstore and many of the authors will be available for signing.

The project is generously funded by the Maine Humanities Council and hosted by the Portland Public Library. A special thanks to the NAACP’s King Fellows for introducing the books.
“Listening to each other’s stories is the best way to initiate the building of strong communities. Everyone in Portland shares a story of both living together in this city and remembering where we came from. I look forward to those stories coming out when we read ‘I’m Your Neighbor, Portland’ books together.”
-Pious Ali, founder of Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance

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