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This is a library for all our citizens, and one of our most important goals is creating environments where all residents feel safe, smart, and comfortable. These are estimable goals, but not as simple to achieve as the words may imply. As Annette DeFaveri noted in Breaking Barriers: Libraries and Socially Excluded Communities (Information for Social Change. 21, Summer 2005.) “For every person who finds the library safe and pleasant there is another person who feels uncomfortable and unwelcome.'' As she goes on to point out, this attitude is not limited to the most marginalized groups served by the library community -the homeless to cite one example-but also deters potential constituents based on class, origin, and age.

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