Libraries welcome homeless to ‘community living rooms’

USATODAY – “Public libraries are becoming more hospitable to the homeless by hosting social-service agencies, organizing events such as book clubs and movie matinees and redesigning their facilities. Instead of trying to deter the homeless from congregating, libraries welcome them and rely on codes of conduct that address issues such as hygiene and behavior to prevent their presence from intimidating other patrons, says Audra Caplan, president of the Public Library Association. The homeless "go to libraries because they don’t have anywhere else to go, and that’s a shame," she says.”

One Response to “Libraries welcome homeless to ‘community living rooms’”

  1. Tiffany
    January 3, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    All the way back to childhood (forty years ago), I remember homeless men hanging out at our public library. There were comfortable couches and chairs in periodicals, and they’d sit over there for hours in the cold weather. I can’t recall anyone ever objecting to their presence, and they certainly never bothered anyone. They just read newspapers, sometimes talked quietly with one another and soaked up the heat.

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