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Want to check out a guitar? 7 library services you may not know about

Apr 28, 2023
Your local branch may lend musical instruments, let you renew a driver’s license and give you some eggplant seeds.
The next time you visit your public library, find out if your branch offers musical instruments.
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This Tennessee library can offer more services — when it pays as much as McDonald's

“We don't have enough people to add new things," like social services, says the director of the Marshall County Memorial system.
"We have people who come to the library who need help with housing or help with food," says Jennifer Pearson, director of the Marshall County Memorial Library System.
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As homelessness rises, some states make it illegal to sleep outside 

Aug 11, 2022
In Missouri, it’s now illegal. In Tennessee, it can be a felony. But criminalizing homelessness could make it harder for people to find homes.
Inflation and high rent prices in New York City are contributing the city's ongoing homelessness crisis.
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How COVID-19 is changing church

“There’s an opportunity to rethink church, and I hope we take it,” says the Rev. Chris Butler, a Chicago-based pastor.
The Rev. Chris Butler outside Chicago Embassy Church Network in South Holland, Illinois.
Photo by Tanikia Carpenter, courtesy of Chicago Embassy Church Network

Community policing: a more holistic approach to law enforcement

The idea is to create more formal partnerships between community members and officers to foster greater trust.
A social worker and member of the Prevention and Protection service help a homeless man in Paris in 2014.
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Trump administration's "public charge" rules go into effect

Feb 24, 2020
Getting food aid or housing assistance could hurt immigrants' chances of getting a green card.
Using programs like food stamps can now hurt a person's chance when they are applying for visas or a change in immigration status.
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Will that extra money in your Social Security check add up to much?

Oct 11, 2018
An estimated 67 million Americans receiving the benefits will see a 2.8 percent cost-of-living boost to their checks.
Blank checks run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 2011. 
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How food banks are reaching high-risk seniors

Oct 11, 2018
The AARP estimates more than 10 million people 50 and older are at risk of going hungry every day in the United States. In Florida, where many baby boomers retire, this food insecurity is compounded by a lack of public transportation. Some food banks are holding food drops to bring food and other health-related events […]
A volunteer at a food drop at the Church of God in Bithlo passes out fresh bread donated from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Of the 93,000 meals they’ve provided so far this year, 80 percent of the food is considered nutritious.    
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Georgia experiments with food stamp work training program

Aug 13, 2018
But state's training program spends much more per person than the figure Congress might allocate if it decides to pass a SNAP work requirement
A welding student at Goodwill Industries.
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In Erie, social services are a lifeline

Jul 26, 2018
New work requirements may change things for those who receive food and housing assistance in the Pennsylvania city.
Roberta Lubman, 66, regularly eats lunch at the Erie City Mission in downtown Erie. The free daily meal supplements what she receives from SNAP.
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