Good Braider On MPBN

OD Bonny & Terry FarishI’m Your Neighbor, Portland thanks Irwin Gratz and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for featuring the book The Good Braider and Portland’s city-wide read on Morning Edition on 7/9/13 @ 8:30 AM.

  • Listen to the interview
  • Explore more about the book, The Good Braider.
  • Learn more about the event on 7/11/13.
  • Listen to the music of OD Bonny on SoundCloud.
  • Listen to OD’s “Girl from Juba”:
Advertisements

Law Offices of Joe Bornstein: Neighborhood Sponsor

color logo
We are delighted to announce that the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has joined I’m Your Neighbor, Portland as a “Neighborhood Sponsor.”  Because of their very generous donation, 160 YMCA and other young readers attending the Path of Stars event on 8/8/13 will receive a free signed copy of A Path of Stars and get to participate in a Cambodian arts activity!

The Books Have Arrived

Check out the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland book collection at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library!  Look for the beautiful bookcase between Children’s Services and Circulation.

The books were funded by the marvelous Maine Humanities Council.

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Launched

Students, community members and authors joined on Saturday at the Portland Public Library for the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Launch

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland officially kicked off with the Launch Party this past Saturday at the Portland Public Library. During the event, members of the community were introduced to the featured books and planned events that will be taking place throughout the year. It also gave an opportunity to recognize the many organizers and facilitators whose contributions and hard work are making these programs possible this year.

The nine Featured Books were available for purchase from the University Southern Maine bookstore in addition to copies to borrow from the Portland Public Library

The community was joined by authors Terry Farish, Frederick Lipp, Maria Padian, and Anne Sibley O’Brien, as well as Aruna Kenyi, who wrote a story in I Remember Warm Rain. The authors were recognized along with their books and were available for book signings.

Authors Maria Padian (left) and Frederick Lipp (right) with Kirsten Cappy

The event started off with Kirsten Cappy, Program Director, introducing the inspiration, mission and vision for I’m Your Neighbor, Portland. She was followed by Dr. Krista Maywalt Anderson, professor of psychology at Bates College and Project Scholar, who explained the importance of reading about cultures other than ones own and her research on the issue.

Dr. Krista Aronson, Professor of Psychology at Bates College and Project Scholar spoke to the importance of reading about other cultures

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Featured Books. Each book was presented by one of Portland’s NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows. The students gave a brief summary and read an excerpt of their choice, including one student who related The Good Braider to his own experiences in coming from Iraq to Portland.

IMG_1509

King Fellows presenters with copies of Out of Nowhere

Kirsten Cappy with King Fellows presenters

Following the presentations, attendees were given the chance to donate to the Free Book Distribution, which helps fund and provide this collection of books for the community. The audience then broke up into small discussion groups and Anne Sibley O’Brien led them in introducing themselves by giving the history of their names. The discussion invited attendees to express how they envisioned using these books in the community.

A sampling of snacks and candies from various ethnic markets around Portland, including Sun Oriental Market, Safari Grocery, Mittapheap International Market, Sindibad Market, La Bodega Latina and Tandoor Bakery were available for refreshments. Guests could try Turkish Delight or Korean sesame candies or the tremendously popular freshly made hummus and bread from Tandoor Bakery.

Hummus and bread from Tandoor Bakery

Throughout the event, attendees were encouraged to write “I’m Your Neighbor” in any language that they knew on a banner. The banner will be present at each event for people to add to the growing list of languages. Already the banner has “I’m Your Neighbor” written in Japanese, Arabic, Italian, French and Somalian.

Guests were invited to write “I’m Your Neighbor” in any language on the I’m Your Neighbor banner that will be displayed at all future events

“I’m Your Neighbor” in Arabic

We hope you will join us in reading and celebrating these books throughout the year. Please visit our Events page to see upcoming programs.

One more day…

I'm Your Neighbor bookcaseOne more day until the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland collection opens at the Portland Public Library’s Main Branch.

The bookcase is positioned and waiting thanks to “City of Readers” coordinator Jim Charette, the books have been ordered thanks to Children’s Librarian Mary Peverada, and the signage is installed thanks to Banacom Sign.

Thanks to the catalogers for working double time to get the books to the shelves!

Look for the bookcase between circulation and children’s after Memorial Day!

I’m Your Neighbor Logo

IYN design revised
Look what arrived!  Mary E. Robbins and Nabil Sibouih of moth written made this beautiful image for I’m Your Neighbor, Portland and I’m Your Neighbor Books.  The phrase “I’m Your Neighbor” was collected in different languages by author/illustrator and I’m Your Neighbor, Portland advisor Anne Sibley O’Brien from Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual and Multicultural Center staff and from friends of Mary and Nabil.

moth written is a “Moroccan-American marriage in Maine.”  In Morocco, a moth is a good omen.  Mary and Nabil honor their family there by encouraging positive dialogue about the Arabic speaking world through the creation of t-shirts, bags, and pins in Arabic.