As part of New Connections: Let’s Talk series, Roanoke County Public Library (RCPL) is excited to announce movie screenings with post-viewing panel discussions.

The first will be a screening of “The Public” followed by a panel discussion with local expertsin homelessness, mental health, libraries, and law enforcement,on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm at the South County Library.

“The Public,” written, directed, and starred in by Emilio Estevez, focuses on a homeless community that refuses to leave the downtown Cincinnati library during a cold snap. After the movie, the panel will discuss the themes raised in the film, and the importance of collaboration between service providers in providing solutions.

The panelists include:

Jimmy Chapman, Roanoke County Assistant Chief of Police,

Lee Clark,CEO of the Rescue Mission, Anne Marie Green, President of the Council of Community Services,

Robin Salo, Roanoke County’s Adult Protective Services Supervisor, Tamara Starnes, Chief Clinical Officer at Blue Ridge Behavioral Health, and

Sheila Umberger, the City of Roanoke’s Library Director. Roanoke County’s Director of Library Services.

Shari Henry, will moderate the discussion.

The program will take place in the library’s auditorium and refreshments will be provided.

The South County Library is located at 6303 Merriman Road in Roanoke.

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