Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Libraries are Great Good Places

I love the ideas expressed in this film. Some of them come from a book called "The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community" by Ray Oldenburg. At a time when independent bookstores everywhere are under siege it is a timely read indeed. He talks about the importance to society at large and to individuals of that "greeting and meeting" place, where to quote Cheers "everybody knows your name". Although the Darien Library is a small town New England library, I think it should be the template for our new local library, in terms of it being the focal point of the community and that it is completely people oriented.

Darien Library: The Great Good Place from Darien Library on Vimeo.

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