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The Library's Latest Service for the Homeless: Live Music

by Kevin J. Beaty | Monday, September 14, 2015

Every morning, a crowd gathers outside the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library. Around thirty to forty people -- many of them homeless -- wait for the doors to open at 10 a.m., when they can go inside to use the library’s computers and other services. On Tuesday, September 8, they had something to do besides wait around. The library hosted a pop-up “Sunrise Concert” outside the main entrance. "It's not all homeless people, but there's a significant crowd that's always just standing there staring at the doors, waiting for them to open,” says librarian Simone Groene-Nieto. “Homeless services are often based on need; this is kind of a different approach. We're hoping to bring them some joy, a little pleasure for people who have it hard."

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