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Downtown Dallas Public Library Reaching Out to the Homeless

“The downtown Dallas Public Library is a place where people connect, whether it’s online, with books, or with other people.”Out there on the streets people seem to look down on me,” explained Alex Stewart, who has been homeless for the last three years. “In here there’s a sense of normalcy where I can feel like I’m not an outsider.” (via NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth)

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‘Where will they go?’ MLK Library, a refuge for the city’s homeless, closes for renovation

“Every morning, buses carrying hundreds of people from the District’s homeless shelters begin arriving at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hours before it opens. They file off the shuttles, with duffel bags, backpacks and rolling suitcases. Some head up the street to get breakfast and coffee. Others put their bags down near the library’s entrance and wait. When the doors are unlocked at 9:30?a.m., the line of people moves swiftly into the lobby of the renowned central library.” (via The Washington Post)

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Dallas Library Embraces Role As Haven For The Homeless

“In a lot of cities, homeless people use libraries as places to rest, especially when the weather’s bad. The Dallas Public Library system has chosen to embrace this role. Courtney Collins of member station KERA reports, librarians aren’t just tolerating; they’re welcoming the homeless.” (via NPR)

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Why Toronto libraries are a hot spot for the homeless

“On any given day at the Lillian H. Smith library on College Street there are bedraggled men with belongings in bags sleeping at the tables or reading.Many of them told CBC Toronto they don’t have anywhere else to go.James Donahue was there keeping warm.The 30-year-old describes himself as part of the hidden homeless, having worked out a system to keep his homelessness a secret… until now.” (via CBC News)

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Public libraries are serving the homeless more than just books

“The homeless use public libraries like many patrons do — to access information, use the Internet and learn, but they come with everyday needs that the average library user does not have.Homeless people visit the libraries to escape harsh weather, get fresh drinking water, and use the bathroom and electricity, which push libraries to provide services that are not part of their intended mission.”(via 89.3 KPCC)

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