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“I was sitting on the couch and the dog started barking at God-knows-what,” Jost told CNN. “I tossed the book down to chase after the dog and five dollars fell out on the floor.”
She knew the cash wasn’t hers because she doesn’t carry any, she said. When the college administrator started thumbing through the pages, she found a neon pink Post-it note stuck inside with a handwritten message.
The note read: “I was having a tough day. I thought maybe I could brighten someone else’s with this little surprise. Go buy a coffee, a donut or a face mask. Practice some self-care today. Remember that you are loved. You are amazing. You are strong. Love, Lisa.”
“WCPO Cincinnati’s Lucy May and Emily Maxwell profiled the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County this week, noting that the Main Street location has opened its doors for people in need of a bathroom or a place to be protected from inclement weather. It’s part of a policy to welcome those looking for shelter. Many are repeat visitors that staff have come to know by name.
It’s also not all the library does. A pilot program in March invited social services to conduct meetings in their atrium that covered topics like addiction, recovery, and mental health. Employees also assist with job applications, bus ticket printing, and other tasks that people without a permanent residence may find challenging. For recently released prison inmates, the library also aids in reentry, helping them with identification needs and job searches that highlight occupations open to felons.”
“The (Other) F Word is specifically focused on giving fat people the chance to tell their own stories. In this book, you’ll find personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art by Dumplin’ author Julie Murphy, Undead Girl Gang author Lily Anderson, body positive blogger Corissa Enneking, and many more creators. This anthology is meant for people who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty.”