Tuesday Open Thread: Libraries

This week and next week in the newsletter we’re talking about the development of the public library system in the US. We’re tracking the evolution of private library clubs to “palaces for the people,” with an eye towards how we can build a social infrastructure like the library system on the internet. So we’re asking you: 

What would a public library look like on the internet?

If you love your library, please tell us about it and the role it plays in your life and in your community. As you navigate through your digital communities and daily online rituals, do you see any overlap? How can we build spaces online that, as libraries can, encourage you to be the best version of yourself?

We are assuming that you, like us, are looking for more flourishing places on the internet. We want this to be one of those places! Please treat others with openness, generosity and respect.