This panel will provide librarians with an overview of the International refugee crisis, its impact on children and how books are making a difference. Panelists will discuss how stories and reading support refugee children across the globe. They will bring the narrative closer to home by focusing in on local programs.
Topics covered will include:
o International reading programs in action, the impact librarians and volunteers are having around the world
o How the power of stories can help children in refugee camps
o Ways in which the Toronto Public Library works with refugee children to help them find a welcoming home through reading in the library
o Experiences with newcomer families at the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
o IBBY Canadas new refugee reading program
Time will be given for Q&A with the audience so attendees can reflect on how programs like these can make a difference in their communities.