Multicultural Services Director
Hartford Public Library
A native of Iran, educated in England and France, and now an American citizen, Homa Naficy, moved to the United States in 1986. She began her library career as a Reference Librarian at Newark Public Library after having earned an MLS from Rutgers University. After a few years she moved to New York where she worked as a Reference Librarian for Yonkers Public Library and later as Outreach Librarian for Westchester Library System. In 2000 she was hired by Hartford Public Library to design and direct a program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees called The American Place. Since that time, the program has developed into a full complement of services for Hartford’s new arrivals, offering classes and resources for learning English, information about immigration, and assistance for preparing for U.S. citizenship. Recognizing that immigrant integration is a two-way process, another emphasis of the program has also been to inform and educate the recipient community about the immigrant experience and the rich cultures that they bring. The American Place has received national recognition, and is a nucleus in Hartford for bringing people together.
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