The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/05/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.

On Dec. 11 at 1 pm EST, we will be hosting a discussion on this issue with experts who can speak to the unique concerns that come with our obligation to serve our communities in this time of crisis. They will provide you with insights and best practices but will also be there to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Dec. 11 to learn more. You can register here.

Our panel includes Chera Kowalski and Cindy Grove.

Chera Kowalski has been serving the Kensington area since 2013 as the Adult/Teen Librarian of the McPherson Square Library branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Illinois.

Cindy Grove, director, Rockport (Massachusetts) Public Library.

American Libraries Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. Each program lasts 60 minutes. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on hand.  We look forward to you joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register here. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Carrie Smith, American Libraries magazine,, (312) 280-4216. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Colton Ursiny, Administrative Assistant,, (312) 280-5100.