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The Future of American Public Libraries: Reading the Past to Project a Future
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 10:30 am
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
Despite the dire predictions that public libraries would not survive the turn of the millennium, their numbers have only increased. Now, two out of three Americans frequent a public library at least once a year and nearly that many are registered borrowers. Although library authorities have argued that the public library functions primarily as a civic institution necessary for maintaining democracy, in Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, author Wayne A. Wiegand shows that generations of library patrons tell a different story. Raymond Santiago, former director of the Miami-Dade public library system, will join Weigand for an insightful look into one of America’s most beloved cultural institutions.