When I was a kid growing up in Ohio, the library was where we went to get the next installment of Encyclopedia Brown. We got the book, checked it out, and went home. The Watertown Library in 2010 goes way beyond stocking books.
One of my favorite rooms is the cafe, where Donald greets everyone with a smile, serves a good cup of coffee, knows the tweens by name, and even bakes some of the muffins and other treats on sale. At a time when scarcity seems to hang heavy in the air, the atmosphere in the cafe is one of abundance: plenty to read, plenty to eat, plenty of community, if you want it.
Outside of your own kitchen, where are you fed? Do you know the name of the guy who serves you coffee? How are you contributing to the abundance exchange economy that keeps people going, day to day?