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


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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Scroll Down For a Look Inside the Detroit Public Library Main Branch

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Third floor grand marble staircase featuring murals by Edwin Howland Bashfield

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

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HYPE Teen Center recording studio

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Card catalog of the Burton Historical Collection

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Second floor overlooking the Cass Avenue entrance

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Glimpse of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection

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Promenade to the Woodward Avenue entrance

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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.

Image credit: Brandon Woods

Aired on: StoryCorps Detroit
About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Through sound-rich storytelling, Herberg covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region and the issues that affect them. Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter 2018 and 2017.

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Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.   Follow @raiyn

Brandon Woods

Associate Producer

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