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Hackley Public Library tackles access barriers with community resource fair

The library will host a community resource fair on Friday, October 21. The drop-in event runs from 9am-5pm, and will feature information on affordable housing, mobile food pantries, mental health and more.

Hackley Public Library (HPL) is set to host its community resource fair on Friday, October 21. It’s a drop-in event aimed at connecting Muskegon residents with tools for success.

“Sometimes people don’t know all of the resources that are available. So having a resource fair it gives people the chance to have so many different opportunities for learning about the services that are offered in the area,” HPL Marketing and Program Coordinator, Mallory Metzger.

Metzger told WGVU at least 12 local partners have signed on for the fair -- representing areas like general and pediatric health, affordable housing, mental health services, mobile food pantries and support for single mothers, among others. She said having resources in one place can break down transportation and time barriers many individuals and families face.

“It’s meant to make things more accessible, like having a lot of different information and resource materials together in one setting where people can just drop in,” Metzger explained.

The fair will run from 9am – 5pm, with light refreshments and a story time hour for kids. Metzger said the library wants to make it easy and fun for people to come out and learn.

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