“This is simply the library doing what the library does — providing learning opportunities and resources for the whole community,” said Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, in a news release. “It just so happens that this is a once in a generation event, right in our backyard, so it’s been a fun and rather unique chance to share in the experience.”
“It’s like if you don’t go into an area that’s poor, you don’t understand or appreciate the area that’s poor,” City Councilman John Garland, a native Roanoker, said during the kickoff meeting at the Jackson Park Library in Southeast Roanoke.
“Libraries attract a fair share of homeless and mentally ill,” said Wendy Hopkins, bureau chief for the California State Library’s Development Services Bureau. “We’re here to serve communities and many people come looking for answers to their problems.”
“The fight to make LGBT identities more widely accepted continues, and books are a great medium with which to do that. Which is why a new project to send LGBT-focused young adult books to libraries and shelters is such a great idea. Not only can it show kids everywhere that LGBT people are just people like everyone else, but it also give LGBT teens a chance to see themselves represented in literature, and that’s something everyone deserves.
The project, called Rainbow Boxes, is currently fundraising on Indiegogo, and was started by YA authors Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta. The project aims to donate a box of 15 books with LGBTQIA characters to one community library and one homeless shelter in every state in the country (40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT). That’s a total of 1,500 books!”
Bridge to Home will be hosting an exhibition at the Valencia Library from February 22nd until March 5, 2014.
Local Photographer and Arts Commissioner Gary Choppe’ will be presenting a selection of images taken of clients at Bridge to Home, a shelter offering hot meals, warm beds, showers, medical help, and job resources. The exhibit also includes an insightful and compelling video. Choppe, a 50-year artist and resident of Santa Clarita, entitled the exhibition “Souls of Hope” because of the optimism displayed by the clients he interviewed and photographed. “They all need our help, support and a roof over their heads,” he explains, “many are just like us and living from paycheck to paycheck.”
There is a common misperception that people experiencing poverty do not have enough discipline to save and pull themselves out of poverty. The truth is that it is expensive to be poor.
“There’s no such thing as a whole story; every story is incomplete,” Howard Zinn once said. Sadly, Zinn passed away today. His legacy shaped a new kind of history- one shaped by everyday people. He believed that history is never finished and that each of us plays a crucial part in it.
History is always in the making.