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Book Discussion: The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness

Event Type: Continuing Education
Date: 11/12/2019
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM
 Managing problematic behaviors with compassion is a daily challenge in libraries serving diverse patrons, especially those who are confrontational, disoriented or suffering from mental illness or substance addictions. In his book The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict and Serving Everyone, author Ryan Dowd shares how using empathetic-driven enforcement of library rules can reduce problems while providing compassionate service to the whole community. Based on extensive experience working with marginalized groups, Dowd's actionable advice, best practices and situational strategies are relevant and timely.

Join this group of SCKLS staff and member librarians as we delve into Dowd's guide to explore its place in our library lives. Registration is limited to 25 participants, only one representative from each library. Deadline for registration is Monday, September 30, 2019. Book discussion registrants may pick up their complimentary book by attending the Semi-annual Program led by Dowd on October 15, 2019. This will allow one month to read the book before joining the book discussion on November 12, 2019. An optional lunch will be provided compliments of SCKLS, or you are invited to bring your own lunch.


SCKLS book discussions are for readers who want to talk about books, share ideas and make connections. All SCKLS member library personnel are cordially invited to join staff from other libraries in the region to read and discuss relevant books of interest. Topics to explore may include library culture, skills for the workplace, as well as topics
that inspire, motivate, and promote empathy.

Our goals for each book discussion are to provide you with motivation and time to:
Connect with other member librarians
Analyze skills and ideas for the profession and for personal growth
Master book discussion skills
Support the library's mission of fostering lifelong learning

Location: Large Meeting Room
Registration Ends: 9/30/2019 at 12:00 AM
Other Information:
 Registration is open only to SCKLS member libraries' staff and board members.
Contact: Katherine Hughes
Contact Number: 800-234-0529 ext 149
Presenter: Paul Hawkins and Katherine Hughes
Status: Closed

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