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Daily Journal
     January 20, 2021      #25-20 KDJ

Kankakee motivational speaker Kent Wade speaks to

By Taylor Leddin

If you’ve been to the Kankakee Public Library sometime during the past 15 years, it’s likely you know Kent Wade. After dropping out of high school and becoming homeless, Wade found solace at his local library and credits the staff and services to being his “therapy” and motivation for earning his GED. From 2005-17, Wade worked in every job imaginable at the library but enjoyed working the front desk and meeting patrons.

“When you sit at the front desk, you’re like the greeter,” Wade said. “You’re meeting everybody; you’re talking to everybody; you’re answering the first set of ...

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