When we first started blogging back in 2011, support for libraries was uncontroversial. Bloggers uniformly seemed to appreciate the commitment of libraries to providing equal access, promoting literacy, and serving as a community space for everyone free of charge. Recently, however, appreciation for libraries seems to have dimmed as readers raise concerns about libraries with […]

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8 thoughts on “Reblog: how libraries can and do help people experiencing homelessness, among other ideas… Rethinking How We Discuss the Library — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

  1. Greetings from Deborah at the Brooklyn Public Library!

    Library employees in New York City are fighting against proposed budget cuts. Libraries especially those located in low income communities are the lifeblood, arteries, and lifelines of underserved communities.
    I’ve been working in the Adult Learning Centers since January and I see first hand the positive impact on individual students lives.

    I sent you some of the programs, services and initiatives provided through the Brooklyn Public Library.

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  2. Libraries and other municipal areas, like parks and museums, provide so much more than meets the eye, especially WiFi, and in states where low-income people can get access to reduced price smart-phones, however low the quality, this can be a lifeline for a variety of issues.

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    1. Indeed, libraries do so much for people experiencing various forms of insecurity, from shelter or housing insecurity, to food and health insecurity. Here in CA, social workers are often posted in the entryways of libraries like that in City Heights, one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in San Diego.

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  3. Good luck btw, in the fight to get better funding for the library. They are such a crucial part of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure which most people seem not to realize do far more than they see on the surface.

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