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Lawrence library’s Community Resource Fair to offer connections, books, vaccines and more

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The Lawrence Public Library’s Community Resource Fair returns this weekend, and it will bring folks from 17 social service agencies and free coffee, haircuts and more to the library.

Representatives of local agencies will provide information about topics such as affordable housing, child care, legal aid and more, according to a news release from the library.

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In addition, free hot coffee and free books will be available. Precision Cuts and Styles will offer free haircuts on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be winter wear available from Give It Get It Inc. and Clare’s Community Closet.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s mobile clinic will also be parked in front of the building to offer COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots.

“We all hit bumps in the road sometimes and need support from others. Knowing where to turn makes all the difference,” Marc Veloz, the library’s community resource specialist, said in the release. “Some of our community members are unable to get their basic needs met due to a shortage of affordable housing, higher food prices, mental health struggles, and more. We developed this event to make it easier for folks already facing challenges to connect the dots and find the help they need in one place.”

The event is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.

In addition to the annual Community Resource Fair, the library’s Information Services department “extends its efforts in eliminating access barriers by providing space in the library for local service agency drop-in hours, curating topic-driven Health Kits that offer books and resources for checkout, and maintaining a quarterly Resource Guide with the most up-to-date, detailed service agency information in the area,” according to the release.

Visit the library’s website at lplks.org/community-resources for more information and to see how to get in touch with Veloz to find resources you need.

Visit this link and click the green bookmark icon to see a full list of service providers that will be at the event, and to add this event to your Google, Apple, Outlook or other calendar.

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