World Refugee Day

June honors the contributions of refugees around the world for their strength, courage, and perseverance with World Refugee Day on June 20.

Dayton values newcomers because they bring hope and progress to our city, DML will host a World Refugee Day Celebration, opens a new window in the Main Library, opens a new window's Eichelberger Forum, Saturday, June 22, from 11 am - 2 pm.

People from many cultures will partake in music, food, and storytelling together. All ages are invited. This celebration is a way to connect newcomers with the receiving community in a way that promotes cultural interactions. It allows people to get to know each other in a safe place and is intended to educate the public and to recognize the accomplishments of refugees.

DML is proud to host such an event because it has become a connector between people and the resources they need. For many New Americans and refugees, their local library is the first stop to find help.

According the the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), about 55% of New Americans visit their local branch once a week.

Here at DML, a popular resource New Americans use are the free ESL English Classes, which offer three levels of learning. Here's a schedule of sessions, opens a new window.

DML strives to make sure they have the right tools to help people, and because everyone’s needs differ, DML is equipped to be frontline advocates for everyone, including refugees.