– Shonta Bradford, Library Associate, Central Library, on what she has learned working at the library
“There are so many things that I did not know…I feel like we really need to do what we can to educate our community on these issues because everyone has their opinion about what should happen, what needs to happen, but recognizing that these resources are out there and that at the end of the day we all want to go to work, we all want to have a place to live, we all want to have the basic needs that makes us happy.”
The Street View team is joined by new library staff person, Shonta Bradford, library regular Charlie Piano and library volunteer Luis Cabrera. The team discusses the struggles of ex-offenders in seeking work as well as the resources available to those in need at the library. Luis was released from a 14-year sentence in November 2013 and found his way to the library to access up-to-date listings of employers who hire ex-offenders. He has since started his own organization aimed at helping ex-offenders find employment. The team also gets an update from Charlie Piano who was featured in Season 1 of Street View. Though he is now living in a tent, Charlie continues to find happiness through his quilting and his strong relationships with the Stewpot and the 4th floor of the Central Library.