The Allstate Foundation has worked, in turn, with the Middle Country Public Library for the past three years, said Barbara Jordan, the library's assistant director of community relations.
"The partnership with the Allstate Foundation
really came out of this awareness that libraries are already recognized places in communities," she
"So they felt that we had these great ... relationships with community groups, business organizations and not-for-profit groups."
library has done "a tremendous amount of training" other groups in, not just helping battered women regain their financial freedom, but preparing emergency personnel for catastrophic situations and teaching teenagers to drive safely.
"One of the things the Allstate Foundation
saw in us was being a positive partner," she
"It was a very eclectic group," Jordan
said of the attendees.
Pictured (left to right): Inez Birbiglia, Chairperson, The Allstate Foundation; Barbara Jordan, Assistant Director of Community Relations, Middle Country Public Library; Rene Renick, Director, National Network to End Domestic Violence; and Kristen Todd, Children's Services Librarian, Middle Country Public Library