Washington State Library Circulating STEAM Kits
Supported by funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library Services and Technology Act, through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
29 Acclaimed Picture Books featuring the experiences of modern-day non-European immigrants, refugees, and 1st- through 3rd-generation families.
Discussion Questions affixed to the back end papers to allow any reader to have an in-depth, informed conversation about commonalities, differences, welcoming, and belonging, regardless of the reader’s experience and comfort with such conversations.
Pop-up Display Unit with Banner which adapts to any space to both highlight the books and draw attention to the mission. The handmade wooden display disassembles for packing and shipping between locations.
Crates to move and ship books, the display, and all support materials between your locations.
Rubber Mallet to assist with bookshelf assembly.
Set up the Welcoming Library in a programming room for people to engage with before, after, or during programs like storytime or book clubs.
Set up the Welcoming Library in a classroom room for students to engage with during free reading time.
Bring the Welcoming Library as a pop-up library to outreach events such as education nights, cultural festivals, after-school events, etc.
Use the Welcoming Library books in classroom units, library storytimes, or any other way you can image!
* Start conversations on modern immigration
* Refute false narratives about communities of color
* Create emotional connections to a vast diversity of voices
* Share the joy and strength of immigrant and new generation families
* Build the cultural competency of all readers
* Lay the groundwork for cross-cultural communication
Kits will stay at a library for up to six weeks then they must be sent to the next location. You are welcome to borrow it for between 1-6 weeks!
If you are hoping to send this kit between locations in your district using internal mail and need it for more than six weeks, please email STEAM@sos.wa.gov and we will see if we can accommodate your booking.
RESERVE A WELCOMING LIBRARY AT THIS LINK