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Neighbors Together Program Series

Six public libraries (Addison, Indian Prairie, Itasca, Naperville, Westmont, and Wheaton) are doing a "one community, two book" program series called Neighbors Together in which each library is going to do a book discussion on a fiction title, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez and/or a nonfiction title, Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami.

We are doing this program series to promote Literacy DuPage, a local organization that teaches English, and to highlight the diversity of DuPage County. Learn more about volunteering by watching this short video. We are scheduling additional immigration-themed events with the help of speakers from the College of DuPage. Members of all libraries are welcome to participate in any of the programs or book discussions. Please note the individual libraries’ registration policies. Some events are held in person, and some are held online.

Programs

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Held at Indian Prairie Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Nonfiction at Night Book Discussion: Conditional Citizens: A Neighbors Together Program
Held at Indian Prairie Public Library
Thursday, Feb. 3, 7–8:30 p.m.
For readers who like captivating true stories and thoughtful conversations. This month's book is Conditional Citizens (2020) by Laila Lalami. Pick up books at the Checkout Desk. Meets at 7 p.m. at the library. Registration required.

Online: Many Journeys, One New Home: Immigrants in DuPage County: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2–3:30 p.m.
Curator Zachary Bishop of the DuPage County Historical Museum will explore the rich history of immigrants in DuPage County from the 1830s through the present day.

Online: Building A Welcoming Community presented by World Relief
Hosted by Itasca Community Library
Monday, Feb. 7, 7–8 p.m.
How can we as a community welcome refugees and other immigrants effectively? What are the benefits of helping refugees rebuild their lives in the communities we all share? Learn more about how World Relief supports newly arriving refugee families, our local response to the crisis in Afghanistan, and how we can all come together to build and grow a welcoming community.

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Addison Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. –2 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer. 

Online: Family Detention on the Ground: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7- 9 p.m.
Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau program. In this 60 minute presentation, Megan Klein discusses her experience as a Proyecto Dilley volunteer at the largest detention facility for migrant women and children in the United States. The presentation centers around the stories of the women and children that she advocated for in an effort to situate the topic of immigration in the individual migrants themselves. Megan encourages questions and discussion at the end of the presentation.

hiIllinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.

 

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Itasca Community Library
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Online Book Discussion: Conditional Citizens: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Naperville Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m.
In partnership with Literacy DuPage and several area libraries, join this book discussion of Laila Lalami's Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America.

Online: History of U.S. Immigration: A Neighbors Together Program
Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Addison Public Library
Learn about the history of immigration to the United States and recent legal updates in this presentation by Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Writing Your Story: A Memoir and Creative Nonfiction Workshop: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
Have a story or experience from your life that you would like to write but don’t know where to begin? Are you looking to document your family’s migration to the U.S., whether it was in the distant or more recent past? Join College of DuPage Associate Professor Trina Sotirakopulos to discuss storytelling methods and ways to make your experience come alive on the page. A writing workshop is included in this event.

Online: College of DuPage Panel Discussion on Immigration Using Laila Lalami’s Conditional Citizens as a Starting Point: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Monday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
A panel of faculty and staff from the College of DuPage will use Laila Lalami’s book Conditional Citizens as a framework for leading a discussion and answering questions about immigration in America.

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Online Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Itasca Community Library
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
This month's book is The Book of Unknown Americans (2014) by Cristina Henríquez.

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Westmont Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Addison Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7-8 p.m.
The Book of Unknown Americans (2014) by Cristina Henríquez.

Novel Idea Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7-8 p.m.
For readers who like to delve into a novel's characters, plot, setting, and themes. This month's book is The Book of Unknown Americans (2014) by Cristina Henríquez. Pick up books at the Guest Services Desk.

Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-in: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Wheaton Public Library
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.
Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach adults English. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to sit side-by-side with adults in DuPage County who cannot understand, speak, read, or write English. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Westmont Public Library 
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m.
This month's book is The Book of Unknown Americans (2014) by Cristina Henríquez.

Online: Literacy DuPage Immigrant Experiences: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
America’s rich history is full of stories of people leaving their homelands in search of a better future. Join us as we listen to immigrant experiences shared by our neighbors who have migrated to this country.

Online: Book Discussion: Conditional Citizens: A Neighbors Together Program
Hosted by Wheaton Public Library
Monday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
This month's book is Conditional Citizens (2020) by Laila Lalami.
What does it mean to be American? In Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of American rights, liberties, and protections.