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Friday, October 18 • 9:30am - 10:20am
Rural Libraries and the Opioid Crisis: Building Awareness at Chatham Community Library

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This session will focus on the development of the first Community Awareness Event at the Chatham Community Library, in Chatham County. This session will report on the first of such events; one that focused on the impacts of the opioid crisis in Chatham Co. The program was held in February 2019 and was then condensed for our smaller branches and communities in Goldston and Siler City. This event took months of planning by a group of key stakeholders; law enforcement, medical experts, recovery experts, and the public health department. The Library served as organizer, project management and host. This event is an excellent example of how the Library collaborated with other agencies and citizens to promote awareness while also serving as community space and information disseminator.
Community Awareness Events are a series of facilitated and respectful dialogues on serious and difficult topics. They are designed to educate and inform the community and to promote understanding.

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Rita Van Duinen

Branch Manager, Chatham Community Library

Friday October 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
Salem 3C