How will your library react to a community-wide civic crisis? A patron-centered program focuses on a critical civic issue still unfolding in the town of Flint, Michigan, and underscores just how relevant libraries are to their communities. Read about how the residents tell the story of Flint’s lead contamination in their own words with the StoryCorps program at the Flint Public Library.
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It seems that everyone in the United States is glued to the story about Flint and the water crisis. What role does a public library play in a civic crisis such as this? Flint Public Library (FPL) has defined three specific ways in which the library supports the local community. How does the library fit into the solutions for the longer term issues? First, and perhaps most importantly, FPL staff are actively engaged in the conversations about what to do and how to mobilize resources. “We are at the table,” says Kay Schwartz, Library Director. “We have to know who is doing what and how people can get help. Flint has a well-developed network of organizations that collaborate effectively. We don’t need to create the solution. We just need to know what it looks like and know how people can access it.”