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Library Heroes


Sunday, September 29, 2013
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This letter is in recognition of some unsung heroes. Our society has cruelly abandoned many of our less-fortunate fellow citizens, including the elderly, physically disabled, mentally ill, and others who have lost their jobs and pensions or their savings due to costly medical bills and medicines.

The staff at the Santa Barbara Public Library, particularly the security people, deal respectfully, compassionately, yet firmly when necessary, with our less fortunate neighbors. They offer a daytime refuge for the homeless with dignity. On many occasions, I have witnessed the patience exercised by the security people and other staff members with troubled homeless people. So, with no additional salary, they take on the role of social worker, as well as their library position.

Thank you, all you fine people who work at the library, for helping our less-fortunate neighbors feel welcome and comfortable, at least in the library.

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Santa Barbara has always had an awesome library. Kudos to all who continue making it so!

winddancer1562 (anonymous profile)
September 29, 2013 at 4:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The staff at the SBPL certainly deserves praise and sympathy. I doubt that many of them signed up to be de facto social workers. I'll reserve some sympathy as well for library patrons who also have to deal with these issues when trying to make use of the library and its resources.

zappa (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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