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Maryland's Homeless and Public Libraries

On April 23rd, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, published a piece by Monique Lewis titled “Homeless Are Welcome at Public Libraries.”

The article profiles the relationships between homeless patrons and library staff in Salisbury, Glen Burnie, Pocomoke City, and Baltimore City.

A sample:

A homeless person may need help with a job interview or is leaving a bad situation, and may simply need a bus schedule, said branch manager Kathryn Breithut of the Pocomoke Public Library.

A homeless woman who visited the library for two weeks got a job in Ocean City, she said. Another family found work and child care for their daughter after nearly two weeks, she said.

“There are probably more that are private and didn’t talk (about their successes),” she said. “My staff is very people oriented. They enjoy success stories and helping people whether they’re homeless or not.”

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