The Greenfield Library.

The Greenfield Library.

Greenfield Recorder

Greenfield library rated by Library Land

By Melina Bourdeau | October 15, 2019

On a mission to get to every library in Massachusetts, Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti of Library Land have rated the Greenfield Public Library.

As part of their Library Land Project launched in March, the two have visited and rated more than 230 libraries throughout the country, publishing their reviews and stories online at librarylandproject.com. After being requested to visit the Greenfield library by LibraryYES, the two took a tour and even marched in the Franklin County Fair Parade.

Read the full story at the Greenfield Recorder.


BUSINESSWEST

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Library Land Project Catalogs The State’s Vast, Often Hidden Resources

By George O’Brien | October 1, 2019

In many respects, public libraries were the original co-working spaces, and they’ve always been a good place to get some work done. To bring attention to these sometimes hidden, unappreciated resources and actually rank the state’s 450 or so public libraries, two business partners have embarked on a unique endeavor they call the Library Land Project.

Read the full story at BusinessWest.


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As repairs begin, Fall River Library receives high mark in new review

By Fall River Reporter | September 12, 2019

Despite some of its current shortcomings, the Fall River Public Library received a high mark in a recent review.

Library Land Project, who has visited more than 200 libraries across the country, stopped by the Fall River library for an in-depth review at the end of August.

Read the full story at The Fall River Reporter.



POP UP ART SCHOOL

Library land interview

By Janell Scannell and Lisa Walker | September 10, 2019

Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand, owners of the public relations firm SharpOrange, were seeking an affordable co-op working place, so they decided to meet at their local library. Little did they know their search for an inexpensive and comfortable place to work would become a passion project named Library Land.

Read the full story at Pop Up Art School.


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Newbury Library receives high marks

By Jennifer Solis | August 29, 2019

One can learn a whole lot about a community by stepping inside its local library.

When businessmen Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand of the statewide Library Land Project visited Newbury Town Library this summer, they apparently liked what they saw and what it implied about the town that supported this important public resource.

Read the full story at the Newburyport News.

 

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Photo by Zane Razzaq/Metrowest Daily News

Natick man part of large library-ranking project

By Zane Razzaq | August 20, 2019

“A lot of the time, we’re going to communities that we’ve heard of but don’t necessarily know a lot about. It’s a nice way to kind of learn about a community through how much they support their library,” said one founder of the Library Land Project.

Read the full story at the Metrowest Daily News.


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Photo by Ron Schloer/Cape Cod Times

Project calls attention to changing role of libraries

By Jessica Hill | August 11, 2019

Some people review restaurants, some review movies. Two men have taken it upon themselves to review every library in Massachusetts.

Prompted in part by their own needs as remote workers, Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti created the Library Land Project and have traveled to more than 200 libraries to rate them and bring awareness to the important role libraries play in communities.

Read the full story at the Cape Cod Times.


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Seeing Libraries Through Users’ Eyes

By Rebecca T. Miller | August 1, 2019

“When it comes to spreading library love, the Library Land Project raises the bar. Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand have visited over 200 public libraries—celebrating them, sharing images of them, writing stories about them, and rating them. It's something to learn from.”

Read the full story on Library Journal.


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These 2 Men Are On A Mission To Visit Every Public Library In Massachusetts

By Tiziana Dearing and Zoë Mitchell | July 12, 2019

Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti are on a mission to visit, rate and rank every public library in the state. The project is called "Library Land."

As of Friday, the they had visited 196 libraries.

Listen to the full segment on Radio Boston.

 
The Boston Public Library as seen in June 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Boston Public Library as seen in June 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)


TYNGSBOROugh TV - Tyngsborough TV Live

By Steve Brogan | June 24, 2019

Enjoy our appearance on Tyngsborough Live, as we discuss the Library Land project, our visit to the Tyngsborough Public Library and much, much more!

 

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Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti at the Boston Public Library. (Chelsea Merz/WGBH News)

Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti at the Boston Public Library. (Chelsea Merz/WGBH News)

Work Smart At The Boston Public Library With A Friday News Quiz

By Zoe Mathews | May 10, 2019

"Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti joined Boston Public Radio at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library, a fitting location for the two founders of the Library Land project, an effort to visit and rank every library in the state.

Zand and Peverill-Conti started the project because they often found themselves working out of them for their PR agency, and wanted to encourage more people to fall in love with the smart spaces as well.

They gave an overview of the Library Land project, were quizzed on the latest headlines, and had their global library knowledge put to the test.

Listen to the full BPR News Quiz.


Boston Magazine

These Guys Plan to Visit—and Rate—Every Library in Massachusetts

By Spencer Buell | April 24, 2019

They call it the Library Land Project. They're a third of the way there.

Last month, two MBTA super-fans officially set a world record for their trip to every stop on the transit network. Now, a pair of fanatics for a different public resource have set out on a quest of their own: They want to visit, and rank, every library in Massachusetts—all 483 of them.

Read the full story on Boston Magazine.

Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand, of the Library Land Project. Photo by Spencer Buell

Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand, of the Library Land Project. Photo by Spencer Buell


Happy spring: Read a book, have some tea

You may recall how much I like the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, which I wrote about here. When my daughter and I went there, we stopped at the cafe before exploring the rest of the BPL and then heading home.

If you like cafes, or maps, you’ll love the newly decorated Map Room tea lounge, which opens its doors today in the McKim building for the first time since its renovation. In addition to afternoon tea, the lounge will now offer “author-inspired tea cocktails” and a la carte options, like artisanal cheese & charcuterie “and an inventive selection of tartines.”

The Boston Globe has a writeup of the opening in today’s paper that provides more details. A more formal grand opening is scheduled for May 21, once The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library completes its work on the entire space, which includes a revamp of the main restaurant, The Courtyard Restaurant.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for the O.G. co-working space, libraries are the place to be. Just ask local PR firm SharpOrange, which launched not from a WeWork or Workbar space, but from the Newton Free Library. They claim to have worked in more than 100 libraries throughout Massachusetts just last year — and they’ve even gone so far as to rank them on a map.

And that brings us full circle: A map room in a library, where you can have tea, and a map of libraries where you can get work done and even bring your own tea. What could be better? Well, for starters, if you haven’t been to a library lately, the BPL would be a good place to start.


Schoolhouse Rock 

Three is a magic number

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