"Confidential Corner" Provides Reading Anonymity At Brooks Free Library

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HARWICH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Patrons at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich may be relieved to hear that some books do not need to be checked out to be taken home.

A pattern began to emerge back in 2019, when Reference Librarian Jennifer Pickett said that some library visitors were becoming too embarrassed or ashamed to ask about or check out books on certain topics.

The solution Pickett said, was to buy extra copies of the sensitive books and create what's called a "confidential corner," where visitors can read select books without making a trip to the front desk.

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The book selection covers a wide range of topics, Pickett said.

"Divorce is hugely popular, then there's addiction- alcoholism specifically, suicide, depression, gender identity, and sexual trauma," Pickett said.

The secluded corner of the library was just a small way of helping readers feel more comfortable, Pickett said.

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