How a $10 million building in Brooklyn helped create a neighborhood with a new kind of library
A few years ago, I spent my evenings in Brooklyn, a place where it’s normal to see a bunch of people, mostly people in their 30s, talking about how they used to go to public libraries and now they only go to the Brooklyn Public Library.
At the time, it was just something I knew I wanted to do.
I was also an avid reader, and I found myself interested in how libraries can improve their services.
That interest led me to visit the Brooklyn public library and get a taste of what it can be like to use a public library.
In the process, I also learned a little bit about how the public library works.
This is an excerpt from an article published in the May 2016 issue of Newsweek.
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of The New York Times Magazine.