Libraries are locations where community members from all walks of life come to find information and get connected to services. While traditional Library staff are well-trained in research skills to provide that information, many libraries across the country have realized that the addition of a trained social services professional to the staff provides opportunities to enhance the essential work of connecting people to help.
Burbank Public Library's social worker joined the staff in July 2021. Sona Ter-Yegishyan is co-located at Burbank's three libraries and two senior centers, in a position jointly funded by the Library and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department of the City of Burbank. With a master's degree in social work, Sona brings an important level of expertise to these settings, allowing for improved services to those in need.
What does Sona do? Most of her time is spent in the libraries and senior centers, building rapport with those who use the facilities to make them more comfortable requesting services. She is available to meet one-on-one with individuals of all ages and families in order to understand their needs and connect them to services. To this end, she also works to expand the Library's partnerships with local and regional nonprofits and government agencies who provide services including shelter, food, mental and physical health care, financial and legal assistance, transportation and more. Services are available to people experiencing homelessness but also anyone who needs assistance.
To make an appointment with Sona, please call 818-238-5571.
Burbank Public Library's social services connections work hand-in-hand with other Library services aimed at helping people improve their education, skills and life prospects. Learn more about adult literacy; digital literacy and technology access; employment services; services for children and families; and the Spark! Digital Media Lab.