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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: Is this Detroit Institution Under-Rated? [PHOTOS]

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Sean Ryan Everett is the executive director of the Detroit Public Library Foundation and Crystal Powell is the board president. Everett believes that libraries have a chance to innovate and offer more than just books.

I want to take it in an un-traditional direction,” Everett told Powell during their StoryCorps interview. “I see us as having the opportunity to disrupt libraries a little bit… and bring something different,” he said.

In this StoryCorps Detroit segment, Everett and Powell talk about what they see as the hidden gems of Detroit’s libraries.

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Click here to find more episodes of the StoryCorps Detroit podcast on wdet.org. Or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or wherever you like to listen.

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Third floor grand marble staircase featuring murals by Edwin Howland BashfieldBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Third floor grand marble staircase featuring murals by Edwin Howland Bashfield

"Man's Mobility" triptych mural by John S. Coppin in Adam Strohm HallBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Man’s Mobility” triptych mural by John S. Coppin in Adam Strohm Hall

HYPE Teen Center recording studioBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

HYPE Teen Center recording studio

Card catalog of the Burton Historical CollectionBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Card catalog of the Burton Historical Collection

Second floor overlooking the Cass Avenue entranceBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Second floor overlooking the Cass Avenue entrance

Glimpse of the Ernie Harwell Sports CollectionBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Glimpse of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection

Promenade to the Woodward Avenue entranceBrandon Woods
Brandon Woods

Promenade to the Woodward Avenue entrance

One of seven Pewabic Murals depicting William Shakespeare's "Seven Ages of Man". Created by Mary Chase Stratton and Horace Caulkins. Designed by Frederick Wiley. Located in the loggia on the Woodward Avenue entrance.Brandon Woods
Brandon Woods

One of seven Pewabic Murals depicting William Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man”. Created by Mary Chase Stratton and Horace Caulkins. Designed by Frederick Wiley. Located in the loggia on the Woodward Avenue entrance.

StoryCorps Detroit is hosted by Sascha Raiyn. This episode was produced by Laura Herberg. The interview featured in this episode was edited by Brandon Woods and originally recorded by StoryCorps at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. The StoryCorps Detroit theme music is by Will Sessions.


Laura Herberg, Community Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Community Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She has reported since 2010 without owning a car.

Follow @HerbergRadio

Sascha Raiyn, Education Reporter

Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

sraiyn@wdet.org Follow @raiyn


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