Libraries are the best type of social infrastructure

Cover of Palaces for the People, by Eric KlinenbergEric Klinenberg calls libraries and parks “social infrastructure.” They’re spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact. His new book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, tells us how public institutions can not only enrich our day-to-day lives but can save lives. He talked to Sabri Ben-Achour on Marketplace Morning Report.

PBS: Marketplace, Sept. 11; New York Times, Sept. 8