All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on Palaces, he spent nearly every day in a library. “I got to know a bunch of urban libraries, including the Queens Library. Talk about a ‘palace!’”

His research about libraries surprised him, especially that "so many people are using them, for so many different reasons, in every part of our city....in literally every branch library I visited, I saw people engaging each other in ways that still inspire me....in libraries, I find reason for hope.”

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Sun, 2018-12-23 00:46