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Richland Library Hosts Forum on Youth Homelessness

Richland Library will host a community discussion about the importance of helping Columbia's homeless youth find stability from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 17 in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library, located at 1431 Assembly Street in downtown Columbia.

“There's been a lot of recent attention on homelessness in Columbia, and concerns about the effects of homelessness on our downtown economy,” said Richland Library Programs and Partnerships Librarian Sarah Gough. “But children in homeless families and especially unaccompanied youth trying to make it on their own are falling through the cracks.”

Moderated by WIS TV’s Judi Gatson, panelists for the forum include Deborah Boone, Richland School District 1 homeless education liaison; Anita Floyd, chair of the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless; and Angela Culbreath, Family Services director of the Columbia Family Shelter.

National bestselling author Janna McMahan will also be on hand to give insight on how teen homelessness inspired her to write her newest novel, Anonymity.

In 2010, Richland County School District One identified 1,093 homeless students attending their schools and the South Carolina Department of Education identified 10,820 homeless students in schools across the state. Based on test scores, the National Center on Family Homelessness estimates that the high school graduation rate for homeless children in South Carolina is less than 25%.

A follow up discussion is scheduled for Sunday, March 23 at the Main Library. For more information about homelessness in Richland County and the library’s work to advance our community, visit RichlandLibrary.com.


Anonymity by Janna McMahan
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Amazon Says: She's not just a random homeless girl. Lorelei is street smart, elusive and manipulative. She's a survivor, always on the move. Always one step ahead of the danger in her past. Emily's a hard-partying bartender in downtown Austin with problems of her own. When she meets a handsome reporter looking for a photographer, Emily volunteers her camera skills. As she follows him into the sordid world of gutter punks, Emily finds an unexpected friendship that will redefine her life. But Emily realizes too late that each of her attempts to help only puts her new friend in ever increasing peril. Can she unravel the mystery of Lorelei's past and find a way to protect her? Or would the girl be better off unknown and on her own? Anonymity is a gritty, harrowing account of young people who live life on the edge when all they really want is a safe place to call home.   less...
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