Creating our Future: Reimagining Public Libraries

3 Key library assets: People, place & platform: “The platform is the most valuable asset, Garmer said, describing it as a set of resources and tools the library offers to the community that can be programmed in any way users see fit. It cannot be predetermined by those creating it (the library). She cited makerspaces as a prime example. The library makes materials available and sees how the community uses them; now the library can curate that which is created for use by the rest of the community.”

Reimagining Public Libraries | American Libraries Magazine

“Reading is not an option” was his platform as YA literature ambassador, and he once told School Library Journal, “As a young man, I saw families prosper without reading, because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Children who don’t read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.

Reading is not an option

Remembering Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

“Walter often wrote books about the most difficult time in his own life—his teenage years—for the reader he once was; these were the books that he wished were available when he was that age. Throughout his life, Walter worked to make sure young adults had the tools necessary to become hungry readers, thirsty learners, and, therefore, successful adults. ”

Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)