Profile of new Nashville TN Public Library Director, Kent Oliver
He emphasized literacy and technology improvements there, and also broke with tradition to establish a library branch within a nature park.
Libraries don’t just hold books anymore. They can help teach and foster a sense of place, he said. And that goes for everyone.
“I really believe, strongly, the library is the most important public gathering place,” he said.
The library as the most important meet-up spot? Really, these days?
Absolutely, he said. And then he pointed out his office window to the library courtyard, where more than 700 people had just gathered for a free lunchtime concert and announcement about a new citywide reading program.
“We are certainly a place where everybody is welcome,” he said. “Regardless of their economic circumstances or their social circumstances, we are here to serve the public. That is why it’s so critical that we keep our doors open.”
-- spotted by Gary Price (@infoDocket)