Recently I was researching what the experts are saying about the future of libraries in this digital age. I was most struck by the role of public libraries as a “third place.” A third place in a community is a place that’s neither home nor work, but another environment where people gather for deeper interpersonal connection. That phrase describes perfectly the way my family uses Falmouth Memorial Library.
This connection is very evident with my children. They’ve all been regular patrons of the library since birth and have really benefited from the variety of early literacy programs we’ve attended. As much I can read to them at home, regularly visiting the library and seeing friends, neighbors and teachers there has opened their eyes to a wider world of reading and literacy.
Please join me in voting yes for our library expansion on Nov. 4.