One segment for whom our libraries can be an absolute lifeline is the homeless population. Here is a compelling report by PBS reporter Erica Gunderson on a film by writer, director and actor Emilio Estevez ‘The Public’. on how libraries sometimes serve as de facto homeless shelters – and the people who choose to support their demand for emergency shelter

Gunderson sits down with Estevez, Grammy-winning Chicago hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith and Ryan Dowd, executive director of the Aurora homeless shelter Hesed House and author of “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone”.