Thursday, October 13, 2011
Library as Gathering Place
I was recently in the beautiful city of Montreal. One of my favorite things about that historic, French-speaking city is its vibrant cafe culture. Everyone hangs out in these sweet little cafes that are found in every neighborhood.
People meet to converse, study, read, tell stories, talk politics, listen to music, have a warm drink, and just share their lives - even if being there on their own - with their fellow friends and neighbors.
While hanging out in these cafes as much as I could while I was there, I was reminded me of how much I love this very aspect of public libraries. Places where people meet to catch up, study, relax, read, tell and listen to stories, talk politics, listen to music, and share our lives with friends and neighbors.
Libraries offer fantastic online services and we also luckily still offer wonderful spaces to gather and reflect. -Kara