Community Wise

Candice Streett

'Not your mama's library'

By Candice Streett
Executive Director, Virginia LISC

Like a lot of the South's once-segregated cities, Petersburg, Va., is beset by challenges. A quarter of adults do not have a high school diploma; a third of its high school kids don’t graduate on time; unemployment is high; jobs are scarce; and health problems like diabetes and heart disease are too common. It’s as though the 21st century left Petersburg behind, which is precisely why its magnificent library is so important to its future. More[+]...


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