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Quilt created by refugees from Scarborough. On display at the Scarborough Library. ATN News

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Visitors appreciate the “Stitch Together Quilt.”

An amazing quilt that took two months to complete. It was created by a diverse group of women from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Albania.

This work, titled Stitch Together Quilt, is made from fabric donated by Material Moves on Gladstone Road, and women come together to create, talk, build friendships and support each other.

Volunteer Val Derrett said: “About 20 women were involved in creating the quilt. The faces change every week as people move and settle. Although some women have joined the group for several months.

The quilt took two months to complete.

“Sewing the seams allows us all to have a gentle conversation in a calm and caring environment.”

Lee Taylor, Library Manager, said: “North Yorkshire libraries provide a safe and welcoming space for all members of our community. and is reaching out to holy site seekers to raise awareness of our services and resources.” As part of our commitment We promise To be the library of the sanctuary and to take part in activities that help raise awareness and promote understanding of the issues newcomers face.”

The library’s weekly stitch group meets Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm, and knitting groups meet on the same day from 2pm-4pm. New members are welcome.

Recently, libraries have been buying books in different languages. and offer information brochures as part of the service and welcome to the community.

Rebecca Jackson, Val Derrett, Alex Callaghan, Dee Johnson and Sharon Houghton pose with quilts.

Non-English speakers are invited to join a drop-in English conversation at Scarborough Library to improve their language skills. Build confidence and socialize

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