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CTV: New Normal: 15 ways cities can emerge better than ever after COVID-19

New Normal: 15 ways cities can emerge better than ever after COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/new-normal-15-ways-cities-can-emerge-better-than-ever-after-covid-19-1.5123283

LIBRARIES AS COMMUNITY HUBS

Excerpt: “Rowe hopes a new appreciation for libraries will last after the pandemic.

Libraries are anchors in their neighbourhoods where people can access quality information, get connected to local services, and meet people from different cultures and economic demographics, says Rowe.

“So much of our lives is segmented, where we are with people who are much like ourselves. But the dynamism of cities is that ideas and cultural manifestations come out of connections of people of different backgrounds. That’s what happens within libraries.”

During the pandemic, libraries have hosted virtual book clubs, pen pal programs, and even initiated phone trees during lockdown to talk seniors through downloading an app to borrow books.

Rowe thinks libraries will emerge as even stronger neighbourhood hubs – where residents can access outdoor amenities, get a flu shot, learn to navigate the digital world, and cast their ballots.”

Posted on: September 29, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

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