Reimagining the Neighborhood Library

Cossitt Library, Memphis, Tennessee

Join the Neighborhood Preservation Center for a presentation by Shamichael Hallman as he discusses how the renovation of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis, Tennessee was shaped by an understanding of history and a vision for libraries in generating opportunities for shared experiences among people of all incomes and backgrounds.

This program is cosponsored with ioby and Open House New York.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting those working toward vibrant, thriving, and equitable neighborhoods and communities. NPC focuses on community spaces and how both the individual and the collective strength of the community is fostered within those spaces.

Shamichael Hallman

Shamichael is the Senior Library Manager at the historic Cossitt Library (Memphis Public Libraries) where he is currently helping to oversee the multi-million-dollar renovation of the library. The renovated library will include a welcoming outdoor gathering space, café, performance area with acoustic buffering curtains, and studio spaces to record, produce and share graphic design, video, and music projects and more. Shamichael’s 2020 TEDx talk “Re-imagining the Public Library to Reconnect the Community” garnered international attention among librarians and social innovators.

This program is free; registration is required. The online program link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.