Meet Richmond's Newest Community Authors!! People's Librarians // VCU Globe work with an amazing group of refugees and recent immigrants from around the world!
February 4, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the VCU Globe department and the Henrico adult education center to teach a class entitled "Who Am I?" to a group of immigrants and refugees living in the Richmond area. The class was composed of people from all different nations with a wide range of proficiency with the English language. Our goal was to have each student create their own book which would recount stories of their homeland and their experiences coming to the states. Each student was paired with a undergraduate student in the VCU globe program to help develop their proficiency and comfortability with speaking and writing in English. We spent the first few weeks creating the paper as well as drafting the content together. We then bound the paper to the covers, all donated by The Richmond Public Library. There was an amazing interaction between the immigrants and the VCU globe students who were assisting them with their writing. At the end of the semester, many students expressed their gratitude and great appreciation for the whole experience. Students who, when we started the class, barely spoke due to being uncomfortable with English were at the end carrying on full conversations with much more ease. It was inspiring to see such transformations. Their completed books are truly moving, with everyone sharing beautiful and touching stories about their lives and their transition to moving here. It is extremely difficult to be uprooted from your homeland and move to a completely foreign culture, these books document their journeys and serve as a testament to their will and determination. I am beyond excited for their stories to be available to all who would like to read them.
People's Librarian // Evan Hoffman
MORE INFO ON THIS COLLABORATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393627774277174/