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Escape the Ordinary through Documentaries

Continuing with our Summer Fun Day Friday series, Escaping the Ordinary, today we will be looking at another technological platform people are using to spread the word about libraries – film-making and documentaries. 

Back in 2014, filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks filmed a 9 minute short documentary illustrating Why Libraries Matter.  They traveled to various New York City public library branches, asking people why they need their libraries.  Lines of people waiting outside the library doors help to enforce this question.  Libraries are more than just places for people to read, they are “evolve[ing] into community centers, providing a whole array of services and programs.”

Starting in 2013, Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor got together and decided to create a full length documentary about libraries, called Free for AllWhile still in production, slated to be released early 2016, the team is “exploring why Americans are using public libraries in record numbers and what would happen to democracy if libraries became extinct.”  As we have talked about before, libraries stand for much more than people realize; they are a cornerstone of Freedom. 

Take a look at these short pieces and ask yourself, why do libraries matter?  What can they do for you?  Escape the Ordinary and think of libraries as more than just places that house books.

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