as part of my public libraries class today, we met at the cerritos library. named the best public library in the u.s. by reader’s digest this year, it’s a big shiny new library that i was at first really impressed by. later though, except for the kid’s section, i ended up not liking it a whole lot. i know a lot of thought was put into the recent re-designing of this library, but i don’t feel it was successful. early in the class, i heard one classmate mutter that the library felt like a mall. ironically, the city librarian, when he spoke to the class a few minutes later, used that same simile (overheard from a teen in the elevator months ago) but as the highest compliment possible.
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