Heart of the Community – Lee County Public Library (FL)


Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces are working with the Lee County Library System to bring fresh Placemaking ideas to the recently-completed Cornog Plaza, located on the grounds of the new Ft. Myers Regional Library. PPS participated in the design of the new downtown library and developed the concepts for the public spaces. We are thrilled to be able to refine and augment our original work by assisting the Lee County Library System with transforming the new plaza into a vibrant community hub. Working with the Library community and the people who live, work, play and relax in downtown Ft. Myers, we will expand amenities, tailor events, identify library and other programs that best utilize the new spaces around the library.

The goal of this effort is to establish Cornog Plaza as a welcoming downtown anchor and a great place that can serve as an inspiring new model of a dynamic urban space in Southwest Florida.

Through a multi-year partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the pioneering organization behind Placemaking, Southwest Airlines is committed to leveraging the power of Placemaking to strengthen connections between people and the places they share and to spark social, economic, and environmental benefits in communities across the country.

May 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

Beyond Books: Outside the Box Program Helps Build Community with Public Libraries

More than just a place to read or find books, libraries today function as community centers, business incubators, town halls, senior and immigrant centers, places for adult education and after-school programs for children and teens. For the past two years, PPS has been engaging small communities and their libraries through the Outside the Box (OTB) program – a partnership between library service non-profit OCLC and Redbox that awards $5,000 grants and free technical assistance to libraries across the country. In 2014, 22 libraries received grants to launch small-scale Placemaking programs aimed at strengthening their library’s presence in the community. In some cases, this meant bringing public programming to nearby parks, inactive parking lots, or simply to Main Street.

May 3, 2015 at 10:25 pm Leave a comment

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Libraries Stay Open After Death of Freddie Gray.

April 28, 2015.

All branches of the Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library stayed open and welcomed local residents, media and anyone else who needs to make use of them.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,”  Roswell Encina, the library’s director of communications, told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

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Pratt CEO Carla Hayden on live German TV, DW-TV, explaining why we’re open and importance of libraries.

May 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment


National Endowment for the Humanities logo

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant program, called “Common Heritage,” that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity.

NEH invites historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, colleges and other local institutions to apply for the Common Heritage grant program, the first federal grant program of its kind. Grants will support day-long events, organized by community cultural institutions, in which members of the public will be invited to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, family letters, and works of art.

April 21, 2015 at 1:21 am Leave a comment

EveryLibrary – The Political Librarian: locally focused advocacy, policy, and funding issues for libraries.

The Political Librarian” is, a new journal which will address locally focused advocacy, policy, and funding issues for libraries. It will be published by EveryLibrary, a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives. 

The Political Librarian

EveryLibrary helps public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendum, ensuring stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come.

April 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?


Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?

The old  Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever.

February 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Resolve to Read! Cuyahoga County Public Library.


Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL/the Library) wants all county residents to make reading and visiting the library their New Year’s resolution! The Library will kick off 2015 with Resolve to Read, a campaign to encourage customers to use their library card daily.

January 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

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