Library Services Enriching Lives of Shelter Residents

October 23rd, 2014

A unique partnership between the Alameda County Library and Abode Services resulted in the delivery and installation of a P.U.L.S.E. (Pop-Up Library Services for Everyone) site at the shelter earlier this week. 

Children and adults staying at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter now have a public library just a few steps from their rooms.

A unique partnership between the Alameda County Library and Abode Services resulted in the delivery and installation of a P.U.L.S.E. (Pop-Up Library Services for Everyone) site at the shelter earlier this week. 

Now, hundreds of individuals and families taking their first steps in the journey back to a home have access to the county’s entire library system via designated computer stations and 24-hour use of a kiosk filled with hundreds of books, from children’s books and novels to nonfiction, including study guides and other resource materials.

Today, children and adults used the new library site for the first time during a grand opening celebration at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter. More than three dozen supporters and local dignitaries attended the celebration and witnessed how the power of books is introducing residents to a new world of infinite possibilities.

The 24-hour kiosk is located in the shelter’s lobby, and residents can access its collection with a county library card. The collection will be rotated regularly so that children and adults will be able to enjoy new books. The kiosk is also equipped with a device that allows users to download e-books to their mobile devices and/or e-readers.

Children at the shelter also have access to new AWE Early Literacy Stations as part of the library branch expansion. These digital learning stations are bilingual and promote early childhood engagement with reading, offering programs that can be tailored for each child.

Both the Alameda County Library and Abode Services are excited to provide additional and more convenient access to the public library system and its treasure of educational resources, for shelter residents. The new library branch allows Abode Services to offer yet another form of aid that will help residents, both children and adults, on their journey to a new home.

 “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to provide yet another valuable resource for the people we serve,” Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine said. “Our mission is to end homelessness, and providing people with tools to help in that process is crucial. This is another great example of how private-public partnerships benefit society.”

The new library branch helps people who find it difficult to access a library gain an instant connection to the 6.8 million items circulated each year by the county library system.

“The Library is pleased and proud to partner with Abode Services,” Interim County Librarian Carmen Martinez said. “What better way to provide information in a family’s “abode,” than to fill the place with a multitude of Library materials and resources to help them stay connected.”

Visit our Facebook page to view images from the grand opening.

About the Alameda County Library

Alameda County Library provides services to more than 539,000 residents with 10 library locations, a 24/7 web library, Bookmobile service and three outreach P.U.L.S.E. locations. Each year, the Library circulates more than 6.8 million items, has 2.4 million visits to its website, and hosts 5 million people at its various branches.

Learn more at www.aclibrary.org

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