A couple years ago, I had a chat with a couple of folks in the Chicago cultural center.
The folks are in their 70s, and they’re both from different cities, so they’re not really in touch with their old neighborhood.
So I asked them about their new neighborhood.
They told me about the Chicago Public Library, which is one of my favorite places to go.
And I asked, what’s the one thing that keeps you coming back?
And they said, the library.
So that was really interesting, because I’m not sure if I was really surprised that they’re so enamored of it, or if it was just the fact that I asked.
And that’s a nice thing to know.
But I also said, how did you find the library?
And one of them said, it was easy.
And then they said they’ve been coming to the library for years, and then a few months ago, they stopped coming because they got sick.
And I thought that was pretty interesting.
And it’s interesting because the library is kind of the only place in Chicago that’s kind of a library in itself.
And you could just walk up to it, take a few minutes, and the library was just there.
And they were kind of stunned, because they’ve had a lot of library trips over the years.
And so they were like, I’ve never been so surprised by a library.
And the library has changed over the last decade.
It has become the largest library in the city.
So it has grown, but it has also become less accessible.
And there were a couple places where the library closed.
And some people were not allowed to come.
And other times, they had to make do with the library, because it was so small.
And then the library changed a little bit, and it became a lot more popular than it used to be.
And now it’s the only thing in town.
And people come to it every day.
And in the last few years, the number of people who have stayed at the library grew tremendously.
And at that time, the average stay was three months.
It’s now two years.
And it’s really important that the library keep growing.
Because the library needs to keep growing to keep people coming back, because if it doesn’t, the people who come back won’t want to come back, and that means fewer people are going to stay.
And the library does have a finite resource, which means if it’s not growing, it can’t keep on growing.
And if it can keep on expanding, it will keep on providing services that people need.
And they’re the most important thing, I think, for the city to do.
So the library really needs to be here.
And what it needs to do is keep growing, because you need to keep the city moving.
And this is one place that is expanding rapidly, and we really need to do everything we can to support it.