Ronnie, a teenager in Alphabet City

"The library is in a mostly poor neighborhood, so if people want to stay out of trouble they mostly come to the library, which is a pretty smart idea."

I visit this library mostly for advanced reading materials on the sciences and classic literature. I also like to involve myself in African-American history. I enjoy the work space where I can do my homework and chill out in a cool, quiet environment. The library is in a mostly poor neighborhood, so if people want to stay out of trouble they mostly come to the library, which is a pretty smart idea. But it’s not like the library is a stranger to the community. I mean it’s like a hotspot for people who need to get things done or who just want to relax.