Immigrant Services Librarian
Louisville Free Public Library
Sophie Maier has worked as the Immigrant Services Librarian for the Louisville Free Public Library for the past 15 years. She spent countless hours in her youth in the bookstore owned by her Father. Her work prior to the library had been in NYC in the field of social services, working with youth in state care and teaching English abroad and domestically. Academically she earned a Masters in Political Science – focusing her interest on the Middle East and North Africa. Years abroad included time in England, Spain and Japan. Her current position brings together all past experiences in serving an incredibly diverse community in her hometown in KY. Working in solidarity with a multitude of foreign born communities Sophie created programming to welcome the most newly arrived, establishing and nurturing relationships for lifetime education. The preservation of language and culture drives year round programming connecting neighbors of all ages.
In 2010 Sophie was named an influential Connector in the city of Louisville . From 2011 to 2012 she served as the President of Reforma Southeast. In 2015 Arts Watch awarded her a Keepers of the Dream Award presented at the annual MLK Jr event at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Having been raised by parents who met in the Civil Rights movement and marched with Dr. King, this was a particularly moving honour for which she strives to uphold in work and in intersectional community efforts for social change and justice. In 2016 she presented her work in KY at the National Library of Greece and the Goethe Institute of Athens and Thessaloniki , Greece. In 2017 she helped spearhead the application for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards nomination. In the same year she was named a Mover and Shaker by the Library Journal.
Saturday, June 23
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM