March 19, 2018

Sophie Maier | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Change Agents

Raised by activist parents, Sophie Maier has had a career defined by advocacy. After the events of 9/11 rocked the global community, Maier, who had spent time abroad and had more travel plans ahead, decided to stay in the United States and explore her hometown: Louisville, KY.

Mary Jones | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

Mary Jones, a British teacher living in Amiens, was shocked by the migrant camp at Calais, packed with refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Sudan. After starting as a volunteer English teacher, she began bringing books. Then, recognizing a demand, she created a makeshift library known as Jungle Books, after the camp’s moniker, “The Jungle,” in August 2015.

Public Libraries Support Refugees

In the midst of the ongoing international migration crisis, libraries worldwide are finding ways to support newly arriving refugees. Libraries across Europe are assisting the wave of newly arriving Syrian refugees, as illustrated by recent articles from Public Libraries Online and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). And they’re not alone: as cities in the US and Canada receive an influx of Middle Eastern refugees seeking asylum, libraries are using both traditional and innovative services to reach out and connect with these populations in crisis.