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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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The Third Place The Third Place Presentation Transcript

  • The Third Place John Blyberg Assistant Director, Innovation & User Experience Darien Library Darien, Connecticut
  • Weʼve got our eye on this.
  • But we did some thinking and decided ...
  • ... thatʼs not the story.
  • This is.
  • And this.
  • They tell stories.
  • They make music.
  • They make friends.
  • They make loud music.
  • They turn chess into a sporting event.
  • They know good food when they see it.
  • So we show them how to make it.
  • They are moved by art.
  • Occasionally, we spot some studying.
  • Actually, they study a lot.
  • But they play hard.
  • These four sat still for ten whole minutes!
  • Theyʼre patient when we ask them to be.
  • But it helps to have food. Did I mention the food?
  • They listen to other smart people.
  • They share.
  • They learn.
  • Theyʼre productive.
  • They discover something every day.
  • And they read like crazy!
  • But ...
  • This is also the library.
  • Because this needs to work really well.
  • And this.
  • And this.
  • This too.
  • Because Marianne wants you to read these great books.
  • And we want you to find what youʼre looking for in the catalog.
  • And maybe add your own two cents.
  • Or see whatʼs going on in your library.
  • Or the world.
  • Maybe you want to be untethered.
  • And print a high-quality business proposal.
  • Or try something completely new ..
  • .. like surface computing.
  • Or the latest hot game.
  • Or the latest hot gadget.
  • Or produce an event ... From your chair.
  • And sometimes you just need to cool off in our geothermal air conditioning.
  • Did I mention weʼre in a green building?
  • And we like it when youʼre green too.
  • In fact, we like you.
  • And weʼre your Third Place
  • Thank-you. John Blyberg john@blyberg.net www.darienlibrary.org