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Community Collaborations 2019
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 988-5400

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Monday, April 15, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Category: Events

Community Collaborations 2019

Immigration issues are impacting communities across the country. How can libraries better serve the immigrant population in our state? A lineup of experts will give you an overview of concerns and how your library can better serve these patrons and students.

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9:00 – 9:30 a.m.     
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.   
Morning Session
Libraries are very involved in their communities and are looking for ways to better assist immigrants. That might be reading, English, citizenship, or simply acclimating. Information provided will help librarians better assist this population.
Juan Callabero, Michigan State University College of Law

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. 
Immigration 101: Moving beyond the headlines to understand the nuts and bolts of our immigration system.

Immigration is everywhere in the news today and there are a lot of misunderstandings about immigrants, and our immigration system. In this session, local attorney Hillary Scholten will break down the basics of our immigration system--who's in charge, who gets in and who doesn't; how it works and how it doesn't.
Hillary Scholten, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  
Lunch (provided)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Resources for Immigrants (Panel)
Amy Boeve, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan; Jill Abood, Capital Area District Libraries; Angela Fortin, Kalamazoo Public Library; Sue Garza, Cook Library Center

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.  

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Starting an International Language Collection at Your Library

The need for books in foreign languages in public library collections is rising on a constant basis. Starting any collection is a lot of work: Dan will to pass along tips that he has gained from his experience as an International Language Collection Librarian to help you start such a collection including reviews, vendors, programs and promotional ideas.
Dan Lodge, Henry Ford Centennial Library

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  
Citizenship Corners
Setting up citizenship corners is a helpful gateway for immigrants seeking citizenship. Learn how to connect library patrons who are immigrant lawful permanent residents ("LPRs") with resources to apply for naturalization on their own or refer those who need more help to local or regional nonprofit and other service providers.
Diego Bonesatti, Michigan United

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.   
Community Engagement Initiatives       
Find out what Kent District Library is doing to serve the immigrant population in their community. KDL’s most recent programs include a book mobile, pictured library cards, books for displaced children, and language accessibility initiatives.
Sara Proano, Kent District Library

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.   
Round Tables

Registration Rates

Early Bird rates expire Friday, March 22, 2019
Advanced Registration rates expire Friday, April 5, 2019




Early Bird (3/22/19)



Advanced (4/5/19)






*subject to space limitations

Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.


Grand Rapids Public Library
Vander Veen Center, 4th Floor
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Parking is located at the corner of Ransom Ave NE and Library St NE. Attendees will receive a ticket upon entry. Parking will be validated onsite.

Cancellation Policy

MLA Workshops (full and half-day): Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail no later than five (5) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund. Within five (5) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced. A $35.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds for workshops.

MLA Initiated Cancellation: If a Michigan Library Association professional development workshop, conference, webinar, or other training session is cancelled due to low registration or inclement weather, participants will be notified and fees, if applicable, will be refunded.


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