Libraries as Public Spaces

Just watched this great TED talk and wanted to share it:

Love how Amanda Burden ends her talk.

Public spaces have power. It’s not just the number of people using them, it’s the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.

As I listened to her talk about the power of public spaces, I found myself inserting the word “libraries” in place of “public spaces.”

Libraries have power. It’s not just the number of people using them, it’s the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Libraries can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and a library is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.

In my opinion one of the best things that can happen in a community is a revitalized library space. I experienced that first hand going through the remodel at Arlington Heights Memorial Library, so I love seeing it happen at other neighboring libraries like Niles Public Library and Barrington Area Library. Inspiring!

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