Wisconsin: “Madison’s New Central Library Will Welcome Homeless, but Won’t Serve as a ‘Day Shelter'”
From a Capital Times Report:
The redeveloped Central Library in downtown Madison will be a resource for homeless people when it reopens its doors on Sept. 21, but it’s no substitute for a day shelter, says library director Greg Mickells.
“The library does want to be part of the solution for that population in the downtown area, and we’ve been meeting with a variety of social service agencies,” Mickells says. “But I don’t see the library as a replacement for a day shelter.”
“The library offers homeless people an opportunity for socializing and hopefully additional resources,” says Mickells. “But Madison has made a tremendous investment in this facility and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable coming to the new library.”
Building redesign will prompt some changes. Large seating areas have been broken up and a new entrance to the Youth Services area will encourage families with children to enter the library there, he says.
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