I’ve seen many personal libraries: few thatâ€”like Davidâ€”induce jealousy, fewer still that I truly covet, and none that compel me to blog.
At least that was until I saw Jay Walker’s library. The photographs of the Internet entrepreneur’s library alone are awe inspiring. Then I started reading.
Not your usual venue for a singles’ night, but I do like this idea.
Anyone hoping to spot a potential partner can pick up a pink badge signalling their romantic intentions at reception. Then they can stroll the aisles looking for a book, DVD, or something – or someone – else that takes their fancy.
“This is a different type of singles evening because it’s not being held in a bar, restaurant or nightclub. It’ll offer many people looking for a partner an environment they’ll be more comfortable with.“
However I do hope that this idea was born with the intention of bringing the public closer to their publicly funded libraries, and as a way to make ‘public space’ and ‘public libraries’ analogous (as opposed to someone’s ‘wacky’ idea!).
For an interesting video on this topic (libraries as public space), I definitely recommend watching Joshua Prince-Ramus’ 2006 TED Talk on designing the Seattle Central Library.