Public Libraries Are Better Adapting to Their Communities

When you normally think of a public library, chances are you imagine stuffy rooms filled with books and maybe an older woman with her hair up in a bun hushing noisy visitors with daggers in her eyes; or at least that is the trope. In reality, modern public libraries have been radically restructuring themselves over the past decade into community hubs. The modern public library aims to provide all sorts of resources (other than books) which include free classes for adults, children’s programming, business resources, and so much more.   Image via nytimes A good library adapts to its community. …

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When you normally think of a public library, chances are you imagine stuffy rooms filled with books and maybe an older woman with her hair up in a bun hushing noisy visitors with daggers in her eyes; or at least that is the trope. In reality, modern public libraries have been radically restructuring themselves over the past decade into community hubs. The modern public library aims to provide all sorts of resources (other than books) which include free classes for adults, children’s programming, business resources, and so much more.

 

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A good library adapts to its community. For example, over the past few years, America has been dealing with an opioid epidemic the likes of which we’ve never seen. It’s for this reason that many libraries are supplying their staff with narcan and training them to treat overdoses. Libraries across the country saw drug addicts passing out on their front steps and in their bathrooms, and they knew that they had to respond.

 

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Perhaps the next stage of expansion has already started taking place at the Long Branch Free Public Library where they have recently hired a resident social worker. David Perez, the social worker for the Long Branch Public Library, told NPR in an interview: “Anyone can come right in here, and you don’t need to be of any class, you don’t need money. You can take advantage of all of the services that we offer.” This unique step forward is further evidence that many libraries are becoming much more than just libraries.

 

 

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