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Information Services Librarian Focuses on New Americans

The Dayton Metro Library reaches out to new citizens and English language learners in several important ways, such as hosting Talk Tables for English conversation practice, and sending Library representatives to Naturalization Ceremonies each month. Recently, Sarah Whalen was hired as Information Services Librarian with an emphasis on new Americans.

“I am profoundly excited to have been chosen for this position,” says Whalen.  “I hope to learn something new each day, and to positively impact the lives of those we serve.”

In her position, Sarah maintain liaisons with community leaders, networking groups, and community agencies that work with new Americans, attends community meetings, and gives presentations on initiatives and issues. She’s also responsible for the Foreign Language Collection in both reference and circulating materials.

“The course of my life changed when I moved overseas as an exchange student as a teenager,” says Whalen. “I had the opportunity to live in a community filled with foreign nationals, and I was so impressed by the vastly different outlook each person presented. My plan is for the Library to become an integral part of new Americans’ lives. Particularly with our new Main Library opening, we have the chance to be a hub of activity.  I hope to see classes, meetings, and programs that celebrate the cultural diversity that Dayton has to offer.”

For more information on Dayton Metro Library services and materials for new Americans and English language learners call (937) 463-BOOK.

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