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Immigrant song July 6, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Summer Reading Club 2007.
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The new movie entitled The Golden Door, reviewed in the Baltimore Sun, is about European immigrants coming to the United States by ship. The title is taken from The New Colossus, the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

If you think about it, you can relate the immigrant journey to a Reading Road Trip, and maybe get some Summer Reading Club mileage out of the movie (pun intended). Or you might fill out an adult display with a combination of books about Ellis Island, both fiction and nonfiction, and books from both sides of the current immigration debate. Hmmm!

This wonderful article from the Christian Science Monitor underlines the importance of libraries for people who are new to this country, seeking language and assimilation skills.

Book lists:

The Center for Children’s Books offers an annotated bibliography of children’s books about immigration, dated May 2007

The Library of Congress Learning Page has a list of 39 excellent books on immigration, covering all ages

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