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Opinion: The library: a community’s place to gather

Vancouver Sun, September 12, 2012
By Baharak Yousefi, Special to the Sun September 12, 2012

Bookshelves contain knowledge, but the building is a space for the community to learn from itself

Baharak concludes:

“Libraries need to remain responsive to our supporters and users who are coming through our doors, but we must also do better by those who don’t see themselves reflected in our current services. Libraries must listen and better understand the needs of our communities. We must expand our role as conveners and facilitators of dialogue, joy, and social change. Our users may be coming to libraries asking for ebooks, but they are also coming to feel supported and connected, to be heard, to learn, to understand … to be held.”

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