|Reflecting (from Pixabay)|
Though right here in this region there isn't a lot of gun violence, there are still kids in every community who have to manage hunger, family violence, anxiety about where they will be living, discrimination, and isolation. These are huge problems, and after listening to a report like the one I heard today, I am reminded to think about them more in the context of my work. Libraries have a role to play in helping kids have positive experiences to mix in with the adverse ones. And the more we educate ourselves about the reality of the families in our communities, the more able we will be to respond with services, collections, programs and policies that support kids who need it the most. Of course, we can't take care of many of the most basic problems and needs they are facing, and the problems are complex and hard to sort out. But we still need to think about it!
One of my goals this year is to learn more about the extremely complex issues of poverty, and try to think about ways we, as libraries and librarians, can be part of a responsive community. I bet that some of you are way ahead of me, I'd love to hear from you. And watch for more on these topics.