Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free for all: The public library as a place for transformation

Article of interest from Sojourners Magazine. Thanks to Mum for the link.


“The library has been a focal point of my homelessness,” says Kevin Barbieux. “Days began and ended at the library. I have known several librarians by name and consider them to be friends, and the library is where I met up with what few friends I had from the streets. It was a central location that most everyone was familiar with.” [....] No special provisions existed for the homeless in his Nashville library, and he says he occasionally experienced prejudicial attitudes. Nevertheless, the books were there, the computers were there, the community was there, and Barbieux changed his life in part thanks to their availability—free of charge.

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