March 16, 2006

Immigrant History Week, established by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2004, is a time to honor those who arrived on Ellis Island who would contribute to the rich history of New York City. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), in conjunction with The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, offers a variety of free events that will educate and unite all during this important week.

Tuesday, April 18, 6 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Wednesday, April 19, 6 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763

This program, presented by the New York Immigration Coalition, will discuss important topics for immigrants, including how to obtain temporary nonimmigrant visas, lawful permanent residency and naturalization and citizenship.

Inheriting the City: The Children of the New Immigrants Come of Age
Wednesday, April 19, 7 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, explains where he thinks New York City’s economic, political and cultural life is headed as the second generation of new immigrants matures. Citigroup Foundation is the corporate sponsor of 2006 educational programs at the Business Library.

New in America: New in Business
Thursday, April 20, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

This inspirational panel discussion, presented by BPL's Business Library in conjunction with the New York Association for New Americans' (NYANA) Business Center for New Americans and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, allows those new to this country to hear success stories of how similar people started their own business, and how they can take advantage of the resources offered by the Business Library and NYANA.

For other helpful resources, those new to this country can visit Central Library's Multilingual Center, where visitors can be assisted in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, Polish and Portuguese. The Center offers an assistance program for the U.S. naturalization exam (currently in Spanish, and soon in other languages), books and audio materials for English as a Second Language (ESL), ESL conversation groups and computer training. The Center also houses a collection of books in about 30 languages and conducts various cultural heritage programs throughout the year.

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