Your Choice Books

Wendy Molyneux


During the summer of 2003, a three-month trial
project, Your Choice Books, was undertaken on behalf of
Warrington Library, Museum and Archives Service. A
selection of existing library stock was relocated to the
local YMCA, which is frequented by homeless people,
in an attempt to combat social exclusion. Basic
questionnaires were distributed to users of the YMCA
and to members of library staff. This resulted in
qualitative data determining interest in the programme
from a sample of YMCA visitors and challenged staff to
consider their social conscience with regards to those
disadvantaged by homelessness. Quantitative data was
obtained by tabulating responses using the statistical
analysis package SPSS.The findings revealed this to be a
successful project which, after careful consideration
and discussion, is to continue indefinitely.


social exclusion; homelessness

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