The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Bridgewater Library branch received a $1000 Multicultural Program Award from the New Jersey State Library for their Little Explorers programming series. The award recognizes and encourages library programs that promote and increase the understanding of multiculturalism.
“Many library programs for new Americans tend to be focused on orienting immigrants, citizenship, and learning English,” said Alka Patel, youth services librarian. “Little Explorers focuses on supporting self-esteem and building a welcoming and receptive mindset about diversity in children.”
The program series, which is designed for children ages 3-5, aims to introduce an environment that is positive about different countries, cultures, and languages. India, Cuba, China, Ecuador, Colombia, and Israel are just some of the countries attendees have discovered.
“Feedback has been very positive,” said Meredith Hoyer, youth services department supervisor. “For example, a family newly immigrated from Australia came to a China program and were pleased to see a program with an international focus. This feedback illustrates the broad impact of internationally centered programming.”
The next program will be held on April 18 from 10-10:45 a.m., and will focus on exploring the Ukraine. For more information visit: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1401257.