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Originally presented September 1, 2021

In this webinar, librarian Vikki Terrile provides an overview of family homelessness in the United States and how libraries can support children and families in homeless situations.

Prior to the Great Recession, families with children had been the fastest growing population to experience housing instability and deprivation; the recession led to dramatic increases in family homelessness that did not fully disappear in the years leading up to the COVID-19 crisis. Widespread economic instability and high rates of eviction over the past year have again increased the numbers of children and families in homeless situations, while also highlighting ongoing social and economic inequities.

Within this context, libraries can serve as a key support and community resource for children and parents whose housing is unstable. This webinar will provide practical tips for connecting with local schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and to reach families where they are.

Vikki also addresses the range of services and programming options that you can offer, how to address barriers to creating and sustaining these services, and how to leverage these activities to advocate for families and for libraries.

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Vikki C. Terrile

Vikki C. Terrile, MSLS, MA, has been a librarian for more than twenty years, with experience in suburban and urban public libraries, and private and public academic libraries. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College, the City University of New York (CUNY) where she serves as the Public Services and Assessment Librarian and Co-Coordinator of Information Literacy. Her research interests include the information behaviors of school district homeless liaisons in supporting students’ transitions to higher education and the role of academic libraries in addressing student food and housing insecurity. As a doctoral student in education at SUNY, the University at Buffalo, Vikki is researching how youth-serving librarians understand their work with children and families experiencing homelessness.

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