Morning Brew Insights

Wow! It was so inspiring to have nearly 100 guests join us for a very special Morning Brew on May 16 to discuss social services in the public library space.  

We’re very fortunate that both the City and private funders, like the Liberty Mutual Foundation, recognize the BPL as a crucial venue for delivering social services, particularly regarding housing insecurity, mental health, and substance use. Our speakers today emphasized that supporting those most in need will require a collective effort, one that enhances integration and fosters partnerships. 

As we concluded the Morning Brew discussion, we invited panelists to offer their insights for creating a Boston in which every individual has the opportunity to thrive:  

“There are many similarities in the fields of Library Science and Social Work and so we are exploring potential partnerships that could enhance the integration of social services within the work of libraries.”  
Gary Bailey  
MSW Program Director and Professor of Practice 
Simmons University’s School of Social Work 

“We need new partners. We need connectivity. And we need new ways to reach people. The wonderful work the Boston Public Library has been doing plays an essential role in directing individuals to access social services.” 
Bisola Ojikutu 
Commissioner of Public Health, City of Boston 
Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to expand our capacity to respond to the needs we are seeing. In the work I do every day, I see a benefit to placing a social worker in every neighborhood library in our system because it allows the social worker to become aware of the resources in the community and the strengths of that community.” 
Taylor Morris 
Boston Public Library Social Worker 

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