U.S. public libraries are redefining and expanding their roles in civic life to ensure community access to the vital information and tools needed to learn, create, and improve lives. Join us for a conversation on public libraries as hubs for civic engagement, with a focus on the innovative neighborhood libraries featured in the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper Hewitt, moderates a discussion between Zena Howard, principal and architect at Perkins+Will and project manager of two branch libraries for the D.C. Neighborhood Libraries project, and Nate Hill, executive director of Metropolitan New York Library Council and former deputy director of the Chattanooga Public Library.