In this episode, we chat with Erin, our amazing, special Community Resources Specialist, about urgent community resource questions we receive at the desk and the relationship between social work and librarianship. Local emergency shelter resources are highlighted in this episode, but we’ll talk food, transportation, and more in later episodes - so stay tuned!
O&P Show Notes
News about the grant funding for MLIS (master of library and information science) degrees + LPL internships for 2 people of color.
- Check back for info about applying! You can also find the application on our website once it’s available.
- Local election season! Visit our elections + voting page here, and, as always, feel free to ask us if you have any questions!
- Join us September 1st for the School Board Candidate Town Hall (Zoom)!
- Submit your questions in the box in the library’s lobby or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shelter resources in Lawrence:
- Lawrence Community Shelter: 3655 E 25th St, 785-856-2016, www.lawrenceshelter.org/
- The Willow Domestic Violence Center: 1920 Moodie Road, 785-331-2034, www.willowdvcenter.org/
- Family Promise: 905 Tennessee Street, 785-764-9506, lawrencefamilypromise.org/
- Drop-in And Rest (DARE) Center: 944 Kentucky, 785-856-0698, www.darecenterlawrence.org/
- Bert Nash Homelessness Outreach Team: 24/7 number: 785-843-9192
- For info on the winter shelters of the last few years:
- For the 200 homeless people currently in hotels and other temporary housing, the needs are ‘above and beyond’ shelter
- Temporary cold-weather shelter for Lawrence homeless seeks overnight volunteers, donations
- (Remember, you can read the Lawrence Journal-World in the library for free!)
- (Free!) library resources for you:
- payphone (+ quarters for payphone)
- fax machine
- tables, public restrooms, climate control, study rooms, water fountain, chairs
- For more on fax machines…
- Lawrence Resource Guide! (compiled by Erin, super comprehensive and up-to-date)
- Want to learn more about the topics Erin discussed, like natural supports and protective factors? For Douglas County residents, MyStrength is a good place to start - it’s a mental wellness app that offers lots of modules on topics like balancing intense emotions and finding support. Access it here.
- If you’re not in Douglas County, you might ask your public library if something similar exists in your area!
Surprised by God - Danya Ruttenberg (want to read this? I borrowed it through interlibrary loan - ask us how!)