Monday, February 23, 2009

Midterm: Questions from Chapter 2: "Branch Libraries-The Heart of the Community"

What are some special or innovative features of Chicago's Near North Branch library?
Page 36-37
-larger than previous neighborhood branches; parking lot
-"meeting rooms available for classes discussions and neighborhood groups"
-incorporates art by local artists 
-collections and services reflect the needs and interests of the community it serves, ad they change as that community changes
-"this new style of library is more comfortable and useful than the old one, a place to be known and get to know others, a source of services as well as of books and information" (pg. 37)

What were two goals local politicians and community leaders hoped to accomplish with its construction?
"It is meant to be a social force in the neighborhood, a 'community anchor.'" (pg. 38)
1. Encourage other improvements in Cabrini Green 
2. Bring together residents of two neighborhoods who had virtually no contact with one another.

How did location play a role in the creation of the library?
-"Choosing exactly the right location was critical. The site chosen was still in Cabrini, in a run-down neighborhood and adjacent to a liquor store that attracted a lot of daytime drinkers. she hoped, though, that it would be close enough to the Gold Coast to "feel" accessible" (pg. 38)
-The location was critical because they wanted to attract people from both communities

How did planners engage with schools in the area, and why?
-"Ayres met all of the school prinicpals and took photoraphs of the schools. On Dedication DAy, when Near North opened its doors for the first time, children found a map of the area surrounded by photographs of schools, including their own (plus a picture of Hogwarts to give young readers the thrill of imagining that Harry Potter's school might be hidden somewhere in Cabrini Green)." (pg. 39)
-Ayres also goes to the elementary schools to read stories; Then, when students come to the library she is recognizable and easier to approach.

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