Libraries Transform: Engagement

I see libraries as not just
a critical place for learning, but a critical place for community. One in five residents of our state
are food insecure, which means that
they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Being able to partner with libraries
to get that food out is a wonderful win-win situation,
as far as I’m concerned. We have the food,
and they have the patrons who need it. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city,
out in the inner-ring suburbs, or out in the rural area, hunger is everywhere, and families across our country are struggling. And so, libraries are ideal partners
in this work because libraries are everywhere too. One of the things that we love
about working with our local libraries is how creative
and open they are to new ideas. So we’re doing a variety of programs
with our library partners. Everything from free lunches for
low-income children in the summertime, to bags of produce
that seniors can take home from a local library branch
if they’re in need. It’s an amazing partnership.

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