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Social Needs and the [city] Library. The Library’s Role and How W e Meet Our Responsibilities. [city] citizens in need. Almost everyone faces life crises or knows someone who has. People needs jobs, homes, education, health care, and personal safety.

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Social needs and the city library

Social Needs and the [city] Library

The Library’s Role and How We Meet Our Responsibilities


City citizens in need

[city] citizens in need

  • Almost everyone faces life crises or knows someone who has. People needs jobs, homes, education, health care, and personal safety.

  • These crises can be sudden – losing your job at 57 or losing your eye sight at 77.

  • They can be chronic – needing a high school diploma or a way out of domestic violence.


Facing the realities

Facing the realities

  • It can be hard to recognize the fact that many people facing crises can be helped.

  • The “we don’t have that problem here” or “they could fix this if they really wanted to” response is understandable.

  • These crises affect families, friends, co-workers, and employers. In many cases, community budgets strain to meet the most basic needs caused by these crises.


We may not see the people who most need community help

We may not see the people who most need community help

  • Some domestic violence survivors may be too afraid to ask for help

  • Some of the homeless sleep in shelters and those we see on our way to work couldn’t find a bed

  • Some of the unemployed wait in long lines for support services and we don’t see them inside those buildings

  • Some seniors who choose each month between electricity and medicine may be ashamed to ask for help


Children need nutritious food at school and at home

Children need nutritious food at school and at home.


Veterans need good civilian jobs

Veterans need good civilian jobs


Women need personal safety

Women need personal safety


Unskilled workers need subsistence level full time work

Unskilled workers need subsistence level full-time work


The recently and chronically homeless need housing

The recently and chronically homeless need housing


Teens need training in budgeting and other basic life skills

Teens need training in budgeting and other basic life skills


Everyone needs training in internet safety and security

Everyone needs training in internet safety and security


Seniors need internet training to find useful health and retirement information

Seniors need internet training to find useful health and retirement information


Immigrants need help on test preparation for their citizenship exams

Immigrants need help on test preparation for their citizenship exams


Various people need literacy help

Various people need literacy help


City helps everyone

{city} helpseveryone

We have government programs such as WIC and unemployment

We have volunteers providing food banks and housing

As a community we respect and support our neighbors in need.


So how can the city library help

So how can the [city] library help?

  • We can help people find the right community resources

  • We can teach and provide resources for community volunteer teachers

  • We can work on literacy, basic software use, and internet safety training


We can involve the community

We can involve the community

  • Police officers teaching personal safety

  • Bankers teaching financial safety and planning

  • School staff giving presentations on student support for parents

  • Community service directors giving talks on volunteer opportunities


We can raise awareness

We can raise awareness

  • Traveling exhibits on library and community resources to meet special needs

  • Put useful internet resources on the library web site, blog, and Facebook page

  • Work with service agencies to help them be more aware of what we can do for them


We need your support

We need your support

  • Spread the word on our work – when we put up an exhibit on a social need, such as domestic violence, tell your friends about it

  • Advocate for us – make sure the organizations to which you and your friends belong know that the library is actively helping our community’s most vulnerable populations

  • Get involved – teach a workshop on literacy, citizenship, resume writing, budgeting for minimum wage workers


The city library is a vital community partner

The [city] library is a vital community partner

We look forward to working with you!


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