Ann Arbor Weather:
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

No More Shushing

 

continued

In newly constructed spaces, libraries in Chelsea, Dexter, and Saline are luring people with unconventional programs such as stand-up comedy, video game tournaments, henna body art, stress reduction workshops, and rock concerts. It's part of a nationwide push to repurpose libraries from book repositories to community centers. The prime targets are young people and teenagers, for whom words on paper are quaint and dull.

"This is not your grandfather's library," says Harmer, who books a Detroit rock band on nationwide library tours. "We need to stay relevant, and that means we need to think like entrepreneurs."

The first goal of entrepreneurs is to get customers in the door, and these days libraries are willing to try just about anything to accomplish that--including Bollywood dancing in Chelsea, a live animal demonstration in Dexter, and a yo-yo workshop in Saline.

On a summer afternoon, Purple Rose Theatre's resident artist Michelle Mountain is leading an acting boot camp for teens at the McKune Memorial Library in Chelsea.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Expensive Hotels
Nightspots: Chelsea Alehouse Brewery
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
HOMES Brewery
Great Lakes grand slam
M.B. Lewis
Body, Mind, & Spirit
Shopping - Downtown Dexter and Chelsea
Deet Deetle Deet, by Gene Gaunt
Restaurants with prices $20-$30
A clickable zoomable map
Pipeline Protest
As a giant gas line inches closer to its day camp, the Ann Arbor Y goes into activist mode.
Julie Halpert
Fred's
Acai bowls and avocado toast
M.B. Lewis
Regent Hotel
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
spark ann arbor