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2023 Welcoming Week

September 8-17 2023


Welcoming Week is an annual campaign that brings together communities around the world that seek to create and strengthen welcoming communities for all people, especially immigrants and refugees. The San Diego Public Library proudly partners with the Office of Immigrant Affairs to celebrate this week by offering inclusive story times, programs for all ages, international language collections, Welcome Stations and more. We hope you will join us at one of our events and tell your neighbors.

Refugee Job Fair

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City of San Diego Refugee Job Fair

Friday, September 15, 2023 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Central Library's 9th Floor Shiley Special Events Suite

The City of San Diego will welcome applicants with open job opportunities. Everyone is welcome. Simultaneous translation services from the City Communications department will be available. See Refugee Job Fair flyer for additional details.

Partnered Events

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The Library is partnering with multiple City Departments, U.S. Attorney General, Alliance San Diego, and more to recognize Welcoming Week.

Author Event

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Special Author Storytime: Lolo's Sari-sari Store by Sophia Lee

Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | North University Community Library

In the picture book Lolo’s Sari-sari Store by Sophia Lee, a young Filipino girl moves to the American suburbs, far away from everything she knows. Although she is homesick, she uses the lessons she learned helping her grandfather in his sari-sari store to connect with her new neighbors. Come meet the author Sophia Lee and join us for a fun story time and activity.

Storytimes & Crafts

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Libraries across the City are hosting story times that celebrate immigration themes and first languages. Click on each event to learn more.

Adult Programs

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About the Office of Immigrant Affairs

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The City of San Diego’s Office of Immigrant Affairs was established to advance the civic, social, and economic integration of immigrants and refugees in the region. They work to cultivate a vibrant, inclusive, and safe binational region that welcomes families and businesses from around the world where all San Diegans can flourish. To learn about upcoming programs celebrating Welcoming Week in the City of San Diego visit: Welcoming San Diego | City of San Diego Official Website

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