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The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to an online community working together to address the transformation of public libraries in the digital age.

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Community Stories


The Library: A Place of Hope

Posted by Amy Garmer on January 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Madison Park: A Place of Hope is a newly published memoir by our Aspen Institute colleague Dr. Eric L. Motley about the lessons he learned from growing up in Madison Park, Alabama, a small town outside of Montgomery that was founded...

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Future of Libraries: 2017 in Review and 2018 Preview

Posted by Amy Garmer on December 15, 2017 at 1:56 PM

This year the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries convened and facilitated a successful series of dialogues and other conversations across the country to advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to transform for the digital age. Our activities focused on expanding and deepening...

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Keeping Immigrants at the Forefront of Queens Library’s Mission

Posted by Dennis Walcott on November 13, 2017 at 9:59 AM

A few days before the release of her latest book this summer, the Indian-born young adult writer Mitali Perkins tweeted about the impact Queens Library had on her when she first came to this country, saying it “meant everything to this little immigrant years ago.” Through Sonia, one of the...

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