The Third Place

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The Third Place

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

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