Despite some thinking libraries may be out of business in the 2018 technology-crazed world, Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski thinks otherwise.
She sees 300,000 people walk through the doors of Central Library in Downtown Buffalo annually. Plus, the library has changed over the years to fit the needs of the changing community and world by adding more technology through downloadable books, music and wifi.
Growing technologically isn't the only place where the library is growing either. Coming in early summer of 2019, Central Library will open the outdoor "Reading Park," a multiuse outdoor space designed for reading, performances and art.
The project has many partners including Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces. Buffalo was named one of three cities in the country to receive Southwest's "Heart of the Community" grant, which will go towards this project.