Libraries: Important Community Partners

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Louisville Public Library

Connecting our clients to community resources is an important step toward long term success. Libraries offer free access to all kinds of resources including ESL classes, summer youth programs, internships, job boards, computer and internet access.

Nearly two-thirds of libraries provide the only free computer and Internet access in their communities, the Associated Press reported last year.

Read about how one library is addressing mental health and other social service needs of the homeless community in San Francisco.

Many refugee resettlement programs already partner with libraries, offer tours and use volunteers to help new arrivals obtain library cards. Share how you are partnering with libraries in your community by commenting on this post or by email at information@higheradvantage.org.

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  1. As there are very few post-resettlement, refugee support agencies in our area (New Haven, CT), we rely heavily on other community partners and public services. The main branch of our local library system is the host site for the weekly Job Club program administered by our employment team. They have also provided space for a weekly women and children’s ESL program. Many public libraries are VITA sites for free tax preparation assistance. The library system is a great way to further promote integration, and to get clients involved with resources outside of our office. We even use the library steps as a centralized meeting place when gathering groups of clients for events downtown. I’d love to hear how other organizations partner with public spaces and services!

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