Over the past few weeks members of the Public Libraries Section have been discussing programs for homeless citizens.
Our member Ljiljana Sabljak has sent in this report about the programs the City Library of Zagreb offers around social inclusion. The project is called With Book to a Roof Over the Head:
Our homeless citizens are not only users but also creators of the program, they become students who adopt new information and teachers who share knowledge and experience.We started because of the social role of the public library with a class of information literacy for homeless people. Free workshops for information literacy and computer literacy were offered in the library. After a year we donated some computers to their shelters.
We also started free art workshops for homeless people with the purpose of animating creative expressions. Today they sell their magazine Light of the Street, post cards, Christmas cards and souviners.All this helps them to be included, and increase their budget.