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The Third Place

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Originally gave this presentation at the US-Russia Civic Society to Civic Society conference in Washington DC on June 24, 2010.

Originally gave this presentation at the US-Russia Civic Society to Civic Society conference in Washington DC on June 24, 2010.


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  • 1. The Third Place John Blyberg Assistant Director, Innovation & User Experience Darien Library Darien, Connecticut
  • 2. Weʼve got our eye on this.
  • 3. But we did some thinking and decided ...
  • 4. ... thatʼs not the story.
  • 5. This is.
  • 6. And this.
  • 7. They tell stories.
  • 8. They make music.
  • 9. They make friends.
  • 10. They make loud music.
  • 11. They turn chess into a sporting event.
  • 12. They know good food when they see it.
  • 13. So we show them how to make it.
  • 14. They are moved by art.
  • 15. Occasionally, we spot some studying.
  • 16. Actually, they study a lot.
  • 17. But they play hard.
  • 18. These four sat still for ten whole minutes!
  • 19. Theyʼre patient when we ask them to be.
  • 20. But it helps to have food. Did I mention the food?
  • 21. They listen to other smart people.
  • 22. They share.
  • 23. They learn.
  • 24. Theyʼre productive.
  • 25. They discover something every day.
  • 26. And they read like crazy!
  • 27. But ...
  • 28. This is also the library.
  • 29. Because this needs to work really well.
  • 30. And this.
  • 31. And this.
  • 32. This too.
  • 33. Because Marianne wants you to read these great books.
  • 34. And we want you to find what youʼre looking for in the catalog.
  • 35. And maybe add your own two cents.
  • 36. Or see whatʼs going on in your library.
  • 37. Or the world.
  • 38. Maybe you want to be untethered.
  • 39. And print a high-quality business proposal.
  • 40. Or try something completely new ..
  • 41. .. like surface computing.
  • 42. Or the latest hot game.
  • 43. Or the latest hot gadget.
  • 44. Or produce an event ... From your chair.
  • 45. And sometimes you just need to cool off in our geothermal air conditioning.
  • 46. Did I mention weʼre in a green building?
  • 47. And we like it when youʼre green too.
  • 48. In fact, we like you.
  • 49. And weʼre your Third Place
  • 50. Thank-you. John Blyberg john@blyberg.net www.darienlibrary.org