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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