Storefront Library by Mark Saldaña

February 23, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

From storefrontlibrary.org

From storefrontlibrary.org

America is really great. I'm not just saying that because we are the current medal leader at the Winter Olympics. I say America is great all the time, but one of my number one reasons for saying it is our public library system. There are not many institutions out there in the world that let you take their materials out of the building for FREE. And having a public library system clearly instills this value of lending and learning into our American hearts and minds.
When Boston's Chinatown neighborhood had gone for over 50 years with a library in their hood, an community activist group called Boston Street Lab got a commercial space donated for a short while to make their own library. Mark Saldaña, a student at Macalester College in St. Paul, but a Boston suburb native, captured the last couple days of this project in sound and in interviews. At the end of this 'cast, you can hear an interview with Mark.
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Weird voices in this episode are  provided by Flossie and The Unicorns / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Outro music is by Oni Ayhun / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. These were found at the Free Music Archive.
The intro music is by Aby Ngana Diop. It was found on Awesome Tapes from Africa, which, needless to say, is awesome.