Diversity and Outreach Fair, Book Drive to Highlight Library Services for People Experiencing Homelessness

CHICAGO – This year’s ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Exhibits Special Events Area during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference highlights innovations in library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Additionally, two task forces of the Social Responsibilities Round Table … Continue reading “Diversity and Outreach Fair, Book Drive to Highlight Library Services for People Experiencing Homelessness”

Dallas Library Gives Homeless Their Own Podcast

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, located in downtown Dallas, produces a podcast about homelessness , put together by AmeriCorps volunteers and library employees such as Jasmine Africawala. The podcast has drawn nearly 5,000 plays and downloads since first airing in March. Ryan Smith, the technical director for the podcast, said the success of the program … Continue reading “Dallas Library Gives Homeless Their Own Podcast”

More Than 70 Per Cent of the World Population Lacks Proper Social Protection

“The global community agreed in 1948 that social security and health care for children, working age people who face unemployment or injury and older persons are a universal human right,” said ILO Deputy Director-General Sandra Polaski. “And yet in 2014 the promise of universal social protection remains unfilled for the large majority of the world’s … Continue reading “More Than 70 Per Cent of the World Population Lacks Proper Social Protection”

Kitsap Regional Library Wins 2014 LibraryAware Community Award

“We are very happy to receive this recognition,” said Library Director Jill Jean. “We are even more excited about what is to come. Already as we have begun our strategic planning process for the next five years, we have identified some new and additional ways that the library can help support and connect our community.” … Continue reading “Kitsap Regional Library Wins 2014 LibraryAware Community Award”

Ending Veteran Homelessness by 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 through their Homeless Veterans Outreach Initiative. The VA wants to partner with organizations and individuals in communities across the country to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans. “The single best way to help Veterans who are homeless … Continue reading “Ending Veteran Homelessness by 2015”

What is the state of hunger in your community?

Share your story. Sharing your story helps Feeding America understand more about hunger in America. This information is used to educate policymakers, the media, and the public. When you submit your story, you agree that Feeding America may use, share, and make public your story, using only your first name, city and state. Feeding America … Continue reading “What is the state of hunger in your community?”

Libraries + Technology =Helping the Poor

“Most (people) think that homeless people are all criminals, on drugs, alcoholics. They think we don’t try to get out of homelessness and that we aren’t successful at anything. Some (homeless people) have college degrees and because of the economy got laid off.”—AnnMarie Walsh “When Walsh found herself homeless, she used the computers in Chicago’s … Continue reading “Libraries + Technology =Helping the Poor”

The Shelter of the Library

This commentary was originally published by Michael McGrorty at Library Dust (November 29, 2004). It is reprinted here with his permission. In his book Tell Them Who I Am, sociologist Elliot Liebow assembles an archive of testimony, rendering homeless women in simple, natural colors that speak the harsh details of that precarious existence. The lives … Continue reading “The Shelter of the Library”