There is an incredible (and attractive) man in downtown Denver, Colorado that sits in front of the Tattered Cover book store that (for a tip) will make up a poem on the spot about whatever topic you want. He’s amazing! I chose Sunflowers as my topic and this is what he came up with. 🌼 I recommend anyone in the area to go see him. He’s really really nice too.
Two years ago, the Denver library didn’t have a social worker on staff. Before Hardy, she says that the Denver Library was doing the best it could. Now it’s becoming a lot more common position for libraries.
“When I started, this was the third city to get a social worker in the library,” Hardy says. “And now they are dozens around the country.”
Hardy admits she never saw herself working for a library, simply because she knew it as the place “where I could come to get my books.” But she’s here, saying hello to patrons as she walks the seven floors of magazines, newspapers, and (yes) books. The building is huge — 540,000 square-feet. In 1990, Denver voters approved a $91.6 million ballot measure to build the central library and other branch locations.
Today, Hardy says this multi-million dollar building is basically serving as Denver’s largest day shelter.
“I think that, the reason people often come here though, even though there are some other day shelter spaces, is because there are things to do. And there’s resources, you can be another human in the community,” she says.
It’s actually quite a good idea to watch The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz back-to-back. Both are from the exact same material: But one is a nice, sweet, sentimental dream; the other is an absolute fucking nightmare.
Not that Return to Oz is as iconic or legendary as The Wizard of Oz or anything.