On March 19, 2016 the Detroit Public Library will be hosting its 150th year celebration at the Main Library. This significant event not only celebrates but also demonstrates how influential the public library has been -- and should be—in the shaping of our community. Having been involved in the planning and design of public libraries over the past 30 years, I have heard the echoing of a constant refrain; we don’t need libraries because we have the internet, the book is dead, (fill in the blank for your favorite excuse here). Nothing could be farther from the truth! 
The public library plays a vital role in communities. As a safe and neutral environment, the public library allows for the distribution of unbiased information by educated professionals who are interested in sharing information. Sharing information is thier life’s work! Therefore, when it comes to community-building, I believe public libraries are as important as schools, churches and recreational facilities. Here at QEA, as we discuss how to revitalize and contribute to the overall sense of place and community, the role of the public library is becoming a part of the conversation.  
I encourage you to take the time to see what is happening in our libraries today - including programming, maker-spaces, emerging business support, and more. The library is essential in the distribution of unbiased information and a safe for individuals of all ages to come together and exchange ideas. Support the Library!