I liked this entry from Sweden re a library that is "circulating" people as part of an effort to "tear down prejudices". You can sign-out a person (journalist, a gypsy, a blind man, and an animal rights activist) and then sit down in the Library's coffee shop and ask them questions about their lives. I realize most people will laugh at this one (as I did) and get on with the day, but it seems to me that this creative project helps define what libraries do. In an age of media conglomerates spoon-feeding us news straight from Republican spin doctors, it is nice to know that there are still some pillars of free thought and speech, places you can go to form your own opinion by (gasp) reading whatever you want. I think libraries are actually the last foundational pillar that still retains most of its paint and isn't leaning perilously over to one side or another. What better way to help remind us what life can be like for our fellow earthlings than to sit down with one? We used to do it regularly, but with 60" flat screen TVs and IM the norm, few people emerge from their well-connected homes to do this anymore. I think we should take the example that Malmo city library has set and engage the community with "living books". To heck with the stodgy Writer-In-Residence programs of yore, how about a Neighbor-In-Residence program?