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posted Friday, March 27, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 13
The Seattle Public Library joins Safe Place network for teens
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The Seattle Public Library joins Safe Place network for teens

To kick off National Safe Place Week, The Seattle Public Library system has become a part of the Safe Place network in King County. As of today, all 27 of Seattle's public libraries are a Safe Place where youth ages 12-17 can ask for help when in crisis.

'Joining the Safe Place network is a great way for the Library to further connect teens with the information and resources they need to be safe,' said Marcellus Turner, Seattle's city librarian. 'One of our service priorities is to re-imagine how Library spaces are used, and being a Safe Place helps us expand our support to Seattle's youth.'

Safe Place in King County quickly connects youth ages 12-17 in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses and organizations designated as 'Safe Places.' Youth can approach any established Safe Place site, recognizable by a yellow diamond logo, or call 1-800-422-TEEN to receive immediate help. A Safe Place coordinator will respond 24/7, providing resources, connecting the young person to shelter services, or reuniting them with family when safe and appropriate.

'We are so excited to have The Seattle Public Library joining our network of Safe Place partners,' said YouthCare's executive director, Melinda Giovengo. 'Youth already see libraries as safe and trusted locations, and librarians as important community resources. This partnership will help library staff have the tools to quickly identify and assist youth in crisis and connect them to services and support effectively and efficiently.'

The Safe Place program in King County is operated through a collaboration of Auburn Youth Resources, Friends of Youth, and YouthCare, and is funded by the United Way of King County. The Library joins a network of agencies and organizations providing over 1,900 Safe Place sites throughout the county, including Seattle Parks and Recreation's community centers, Metro Transit buses, King County libraries and YMCA facilities.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or www.spl.org.

Courtesy of Seattle Public Library

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