The New Library: What We Gain and Lose

On a Saturday in late February, mounds of dirty snow clutter the curbs, but the sky overhead is wind-swept blue. My son and I cross the park to the Cambridge Public Library Main Branch, a glittering temple of glass.

The boy is doing zigzags; at nine years old, it’s impossible for him to walk in a straight line. I hoist the bag of books we’re returning, as we shoulder our way through the big glass doors, ducking around a steady stream of other patrons.

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