I'm in Colorado. We are an unusual situation where the library system was failing so they spun off from the county government, have their own separate funding and board that isn't affected by county or state budgets (they got a revenue stream approved by the voters) and have completely revamped in the last few years. New buildings, new brand name, whole new philosophy on how a library should work. Very open floor plan, lots of skylights and little sitting areas with comfy chairs, short bookcases, bright happy colors, nice carpets, no big circulation desk or stacks or linoleum floors. Their aim is "community hub". For example:Tired and want to get away? Have the kids play in the quiet play area with blocks while you have a cup of coffee from the cafe and sit by the fireplace and read your book.Want to learn a new skill: Sign up for a workshop and learn about knitting, living wills, barbecuing, how to create a garden, etc.Worried about your teenager having too much free time: after school projects (film, crafts, etc), their own teen board, homework hours, and summer projects.Small kid needs to learn to read: come to story time, sing alongs, or read to volunteer dogs that won't judge youJust extra time: book clubs, computer labs, etc.Lara Amber
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