Dear Librarian,

The issue of homelessness has become a concern for most communities across the United States. We see more people asking for money, living in the cars or on the streets, and filling community shelters. Libraries themselves have become a day refuge for many people experiencing homelessness. We hear many different opinions and explanations about this issue, but few consider the vantage point of people experiencing homelessness. This reading and animated short film are designed to offer this perspective.

If your library would like to start a conversation about homelessness in your community, we offer no-fee resources for an event or a book group that includes any or all of the following:

  • Stream the film. The film focuses on one subject – stigma – and offers insight into how the way we think directly affects the lives of people experiencing homelessness.
  • Read a free book chapter (The Stigma of Homelessness) to accompany the film. Access is offered free to Chapter 3 of The Man in the Dog Park, courtesy of Cornell University Press.
  • Respond to author questions for the film/chapter. Download questions here.
  • Watch a video conversation about The Man in the Dog Park: Coming Up Close to Homelessness book between two co-authors, one a professor and the other a homeless veteran.

To plan an event

Libraries may also schedule a one-hour event for their library that includes an advance reading, an author introduction, a film showing, and Q & A with authors:

Once your event is confirmed, we will send you a template flyer that you can fill in with dates and details for the scheduled event at your library.