It's not clear our libraries can both be a bastion of democracy and also a poorly equipped care facility for people with mental illness and/or addiction problems.
Denver Public Library is one of the first libraries in the nation to hire a full-time social worker. Elissa Hardy began as the new Community Resource Specialist in February. The goal, she says, is to "remove barriers to resources" for library patrons that need help. The position allows Hardy to approach people, initiate contact and offer to connect them to services that, in many cases, they didn't know existed.
I know this is going to sound really crazy to a lot of people here, but it's actually ok to have government services that are for some people and not others, or that aren't directly involved in provisioning the needy.
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