Lecturer Provides Insight on the Innovative Methods Public Libraries Use to Reach Homeless Teenagers

School Library Journal recently reported on how libraries in various cities serve homeless teenagers in a variety of ways. These include a STEM program on Bainbridge Island in Washington, a radio podcast anchored by a former homeless young adult in Dallas, and a digital photography class in Charlotte.

Julie Winkelstein, a lecturer in UT’s School of Information Sciences, is quoted as saying, “By doing this we are saying that we want to pull them in: ‘We want you to become part of a larger community because you have a voice and a really interesting voice that we want to hear.’ ”

Winkelstein is also a member of the Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force, created in 1996 by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Social Responsibilities division.