This was a hard week for many people I know and love. Not to say it wasn’t hard for me, but while I’m nervous about the future, I am very locally focused and I know I do everything I can do every day to serve my community. And that’s really all I can focus on right now.
Or, as David Kipen said this week in his LA Times editorial, “refuge-wise, libraries are the ultimate “third place,” the urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s “sanctuaries beyond the realms of home and work.” Nowadays, what with bring-your-dog-to-work days and bring-your-work-home jobs, home and work are becoming almost interchangeable. We need a third place more than ever, and libraries — with quiet courtyards and alcoves, or provocative public meetings and programs — increasingly offer that very place.”
Read the whole thing here: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-kipen-essay-20161110-story.html