May 25, 2022

Texas: Dallas Public Library Begins “Coffee and Conversation” Discussions that Cater to Homeless People

The Coffee and Conversations sessions are taking place at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became the director of the Dallas Public Library system last year. Giudice’s office is at the central branch.

“This type of program has been a dream of mine since I moved from branch manager to the central library years ago,” Giudice said. “As director, to see it in action just gives me goose bumps.”

Two sessions have been held since early last month, and the next is set for Dec. 19. Attendance has doubled to more than 70.


This has absolutely been one of my dreams,” she [Giudice] said to the group at a recent meeting. “We really want to hear what you have to say, we want to help you if you help us. This is your library, and it is about free and open access to all.”

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