Tuesday, November 25, 2008

People On Reserve at the Library

For a lot of extroverted, book-loving (and music- and film-loving) Berkeley Heights residents, going to the library is a social event. The lady at the circulation desk asks about your dog, you forward a funny email you read on a library computer to the reference staff. You overhear the person getting a library card give their street address - your street - and you introduce yourself as their neighbor. The Santa Monica Public Library has taken it a step further with its Living Library program, which you can read about in the L.A. Times. Individuals are available to be checked out for 30 minute conversations in the library and range from raw foodists to the homeless.

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