In the fall of 2018, Dayton Metro Library enhanced its services to immigrants, international students, and other non-native English speakers. Dedicated NEW AMERICANS space in the Main Library, along with updated information packets at all Branch locations, allowed the Library to provide valuable resources, tools and referrals to individuals and organizations that work directly with New Americans in the community.
The grand opening of the new Southeast Branch Library this month sparked an opportunity to expand on that focus. The Southeast Branch is located in a Dayton neighborhood that was largely formed by immigrants, and is home to many new Americans today.
The exhibit is self-guided. Visitors can view at their own pace, in any order, the different interactive stations:
How would you say goodbye to your homeland if you wanted (or were forced) to leave?
Navigate through a series of choices, and be prepared for a long, hard journey. Read about various elements of the journey through an interactive touch screen display.
A Guide to Ethnic Dining, Markets & Food Trucks was created as a companion piece to the Trace Your Roots exhibit, for anyone wanting to explore the many ethnic and independent eateries in the area.
Trace Your Roots was the impetus for Welcome Dayton, Ethnosh Dayton, and the Collaboratory to work together to create a comprehensive ethnic dining guide for the region.
The guide includes maps to locate all of the listed restaurants and markets, which are arranged by geographic region:
Let your taste buds sample the world without ever leaving Montgomery County.
Experiment with language translation technology. Use a camera to hover over words and watch as they are translated instantly into the language you choose. Discover the popular, online language learning programs available free on our website with Mango Language or Transparent.
A sound board allows you to choose the sounds of digital “instruments” from around the world. Blend the sounds together to create your own melody. A filter, mixer and effects section allows you to alter the music you create.
How much do you know about U.S. government, history, and civics?
Take a Practice Citizenship Test used by aspiring U.S. citizens who are preparing for their naturalization interviews.
This original, interactive exhibit celebrates Dayton’s rich cultural diversity and invites visitors to connect with their own immigration story.
The Trace Your Roots exhibit will travel to different Branches in the Dayton Metro Library system in 2020.