Downtown Central Library

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

School is out for the summer. However, school is not out forever. This is the time when kids want to be as far away from school-related activities as possible. But reading during the summer remains an integral part of increasing a child’s literacy aptitude.

The stark design of the Downtown Central Library likely reflected the spirit of the times when classic old buildings were torn away to make room for public facilities. As Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising point out, the high outside walls of the structure have worked to separate the institution from the surrounding neighborhood. The plans for an outdoor reading park, they believe, could create a town square, attracting cultural activity and more visitors.