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Other Duties as Assigned – Public Librarians in the Heart of the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid abuse is reaching critical levels in many cities across the country. Some public librarians have taken on the battle firsthand.

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Summer Wellness Challenge

The challenge is a pilot program; the goal is to see if the library should try something similar on a larger scale to raise wellness awareness and motivation in the community.

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Libraries Are A Lifeline

Increasingly, libraries are offering programs specifically targeted to the homeless that provide opportunities to talk with library staff, social workers, job counselors, and other social service specialists. Customers who spend the better part of each day with us include a growing number of the homeless, those experiencing mental illness and or substance abuse issues, or those who need help following a variety of personal or family traumas. Many arrive at opening time and spend most of the day reading, using the computers or the WiFi, or simply enjoying a safe place away from the elements.

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Just Say No: Keeping Your Library Drug-Free and Safe

The same things that make libraries a good place to study also make them a place where individuals feel they can get away with drug use.