Libraries Are Even More Important to Contemporary Community Than We Thought

Libraries are not the kinds of institutions that social scientists, policy makers, and community leaders usually bring up when they discuss social capital and how to build it. Since Tocqueville, most leading thinkers about social and civic life have extolled the value of voluntary associations like bowling leagues and gardening clubs without looking closely at […] Continue reading at 'Literrary Hub'

[ Literrary Hub | 2019-10-24 08:47:39 UTC ]
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