Help Make an Immigration "Quilt"

The kickoff for Somerville Reads is this Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the East Branch Library. There will be lots to see and do - a dance performance, henna art, music, yummy food - but one of the things we're most excited about is the communal art project we have planned.

We're going to work together to create a paper immigration "quilt" that will tell the stories of the people who make up our City. Everyone is invited to make a square - or more than one - to add to the quilt. Above are a few examples to inspire you. The one on the right represents the Ganguli family, the protagonists of this year's Somerville Reads book, The Namesake. The one on the left shows some of my own ancestors. We'll supply all of the materials you need, but if you'd like to include personal items - photos, maps, documents - please bring them along. Make sure the things you use are copies (we have a copy machine at the East Branch if you need it) because we won't be able to return them. They'll become part of the quilt which will be displayed at all Library locations over the coming weeks.

We hope you'll add your own family's immigrant story to the quilt - the more the better! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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