StoryCorps Detroit: 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.

Click the player at the top of the page to listen.

Want more? StoryCorps Detroit is a podcast. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or listen online here.

Scroll down for a photo tour of 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.

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This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.



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