I loved this piece by Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, who makes a compelling argument that libraries should be seen as centers for democracy and community. I have felt that way for years, especially as it relates to public education. (This podcast furthered my faith in libraries.) The formal school system is subject to regulations and the politics of election cycles that, while somewhat necessary to ensure an equitable education for all children, can also hinder progress and innovation. Libraries are different. They are institutions committed to learning, embedded in many communities all over the country, and they can operate more flexibly than schools.
Do yourself a favor and read Marx’s post. Ask yourself: what public schools can learn from public libraries?
Then use (or get) that library card to find out.