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American Dream Series: Strengthening Relationships Between Libraries and Volunteers

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With nearly 400 volunteers, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library has a strong base of volun- teers. Through its American Dream project, it acquired a few more volunteers from a place it didn’t expect: through its ESL classes and English conversation groups.

Some students who are just beginning to speak English have turned out to be enthusiastic volunteers, eager to contribute to their new communities. Students have helped with recycling, organizing books and magazines and other tasks. An adult English student from Japan and the daughter of an English student from Syria teamed up to present a class on origami at the library after the Japanese student noticed the girl’s interest in it.