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Date: Thursday, June 06, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Place: Online at
Cost: Free (select Capital District Library Council as your ESLN Council when registering)

As public libraries find themselves on the frontlines of our nation’s homelessness crisis, they strive to serve their most vulnerable patrons – diverse folks of all ages, living their private lives in public – while facing challenges from all angles. In this webinar, former library director Jen Graney will speak about her experience and provide tools to help protect what public libraries stand for as institutions and to help advocate for and serve our vulnerable patrons.

After this webinar, you will: 

  • Be able to affirm that libraries do this work and back up the claim by pointing to library values and ALA policy.
  • Know how to start assessing your library’s policies, procedures, and daily operations in terms of how they impact patrons experiencing poverty and homelessness.
  • Know where to find (1) valuable staff training and (2) crucial education for yourself, staff, trustees, and the general public about the experience of living with poverty and homelessness as well as some possible ways forward.
  • Remember to make your personal wellbeing your #1 priority.