Magazine article American Libraries

Inspiring in Space and Spirit

Magazine article American Libraries

Inspiring in Space and Spirit

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Summer ends, another school year begins. Academic, school, and public libraries all see increases in student patrons in September. Some libraries will be fortunate enough to host their students in a new or newly renovated space. From soaring glass windows opening onto wide-open public spaces to reimagined Carnegie libraries to tech-enhanced teen rooms, these designs inspire learning, study, and collaborating. Or maybe just a quiet moment of reflection, as I found while sitting in the new Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library overlooking the peaceful plaza that was formerly a parking lot. Take a few moments yourself to see some of these inspiring designs in our annual Library Design Showcase feature, edited by Associate Editor Phil Morehart, beginning on page 26. After all, just because summer is gone, there's no reason not to daydream a bit.

Along with inspiring designs, this issue features inspiring librarian leaders and authors. Learn more about the winners of this year's American Library Association (ALA) Awards, which were presented at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, in our feature on page 36. …

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