The Third Place

April 15, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

 In a blog about my favorite coffee place, Starbucks Gossip, baristas are often asked to comment on trends in the coffee shop business.  A new trend being discussed is the local coffee shop as a place for out-of-work professional adults, just seeking to fill their day.

Someone asked in the April 6 posting if this was a growing trend, and many commented that it was.  One poster said “the third place has become the second place.”  Another speculated “What they are doing is going to a place that gives them a sense of normalcy.  Everything else in their lives seems to be flying apart out of their control.  Starbucks might be the one place that they feel they can go to where they have a little control and comfort.” 

There are two books that include information and perspectives on third place:

An article in the New York Times  may provide insight into why some of the out-of-work professionals seek out the third space.

Where do you go just to be?  Where is your third place?  If you had nothing to fill your days, where you once had a job and a profession, what would you be drawn to?  In many respects, the Library aims to be the third place, so please comment and let us know what draws you to the Library. 

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