Bangor Library seeks safety for all

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Ben Treat is the director of the Bangor Public Library.

You may have heard about recent behavioral problems at the Bangor Public Library. This problem does not exist in a vacuum. A complex web of social conditions has resulted in a housing crisis and an opioid epidemic – long-term, statewide, interwoven problems with no simple solutions. The library’s response needs to be about keeping the library facility and grounds safe for the people who come here.

There is so much to protect. We have fabulous places for literacy tutoring, reading a newspaper, meeting a friend for a game of cards, and much more. The library is a great place to look down long aisles for just the right book. The library is a special place that provides programming such as the recent Americans and the Holocaust exhibit and an array of childhood literacy programs, art exhibits, and much more.

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