Those who said libraries dead should eat their words

One From Toronto: Today, libraries are more popular than ever. In part that’s because they are a prime example of what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his book The Great Good Place calls a “third place.” The first place is home, the second place is your workspace, and the third is a public space where you can simply drop in, relax, read a book or magazine, talk with other people. Examples, according to Oldenburg, are pubs, coffee shops, streetscapes such as the Yonge-Dundas Square.