On November 13th, I might swing by the North Haven, Connecticut Memorial Library to hang out at the "Cooking with Paula" free meetup. There we will explore menu options from cultures ranging from Italy to China. That branch of the CT public library system has become my favorite Third Place. It's not only free, but genteel and, by now, everyone knows my name.
No slouch when it comes to digital realities libraries already have been rebranding as Third Places. All generations flock to them. For example, there are myriad children programs. We Baby Boomers have developed the ritual of reading the print newspapers and magazines there and then pairing up for a coffee at Starbucks or maybe even romance. A man I had known for years finally asked me out for a date in the reading alcove at North Haven Library.
So, all the debate about if ebooks have killed off the library shows lack of experience with the institution. Here is how TECH CRUNCH follows the controversy. Sure, libraries might require, like many organizations in the age of the smart machine, less manpower. But as long as it serves the community, especially children, it is not going to have to fight hard too hard for its budget.