2 min – it’s (library role) really changed over the years.. but it is still a community meeting place.. center of the community.. and libraries have always been the great equalizers.. where everyone is welcome.. and that still continues to be true..
imagining the library as a means to quit putting people on (bureaucratic) hold.. by facilitating whatever it is that people need.. today.. ie: a book, a home, a hit, .. could we use tech as it could be to facilitate ourselves back/to the natural sync of an undisturbed ecosystem..? – (beyond youmedia ness – even beyond Chera Kowalski‘s a life line ness)
3 min – library use really crucial.. and has increased.. the way people approach libraries and the questions.. are diff
4 min – still have real fondness for youth services.. for parents and children’s programming
1 yr to be 5 et al
Nancy is now at longmont public library: https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/Home/Components/StaffDirectory/StaffDirectory/1574/692
longmont homeless ness et al
getting us to a quiet revolution
NationSwell (@NationSwell) tweeted at 5:03 AM – 25 Oct 2018 :
#Libraries are becoming hubs for shelter, opportunity, and even healthcare. https://t.co/VTdngwHznw (http://twitter.com/NationSwell/status/1055414419356815361?s=17)
Some of these patrons are homeless and are looking for a safe place to stay for the day. Others are actively looking for resources, such as showers and food, or just a place to warm up for a while.
No matter their need, Esguerra embraces them all. “Public libraries are sometimes called the last bastion of democracy,” she says. “It’s a community living room where everyone is welcome.”
Esguerra is the nation’s first official library social worker.
Almost a decade later, Esguerra is still at the main branch of the San Francisco library. And as the number of homeless patrons has ticked up, so has her staff — Esguerra currently oversees a team of seven people who are employed as part-time health-and-safety associates, all of whom have some experience with homelessness themselves.
Similar library-outreach programs have sprung up in other big cities over the past few years, among them Denver, New York, Philadelphia and San Diego, as well as in smaller communities like Pima County, Arizona, and Georgetown, Texas.
Maurice Freedman, a former president of the American Library Association, echoes that sentiment. “Libraries are the great democratic equalizer, as anyone can just walk in and sit down,” he says. “It’s the only public service agency that’s not interested in your name and address.”
huge… space sans bureaucracy
“There was a great need in the community to be able to sit down one-on-one and talk [to an expert on healthcare], to find options tailored to them,” Moultrie says. “We found that in addition to people needing info about the market, some people also needed help with signing up for food stamps, housing or getting bus tickets so they could look for jobs. If they come through our doors, we do our best to help them.”
The library also loans out bicycles, hosts live music events and has a “mobile library” for patrons who have mobility issues.
The San Francisco library has partnered with organizations like Lava Mae, which brings buses outfitted with free showers to the library every week, and they also organize a “pop-up village” every two months where people can get access to resources like free dental care, glasses and the like.
“It’s all about our community, and right now our community is in need,” Keys says. “So we let people know that they have some place to go.”