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When tech met history: Apple at iconic Carnegie Library in Washington
When tech met history: Apple at iconic Carnegie Library in Washington

Washington, June 16 (TIWN) Shakespeare, Plato, Galileo and Newton. The legends came alive in 2019 when Apple (not the 17th-century "aha moment" in the life of young Newton that gave birth to the law of gravity) spent neatly $30 million to restore and revitalise historic Carnegie Library, a 1903 Beaux-Arts building at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, DC.

 Billed as “Apple’s most extensive historic restoration project to date,” the library which was originally funded by Scottish-American business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has once again become a center for learning, discovery, and creativity. Housing a full-fledged Apple Store, people can now explore the latest products and work with over 225 staff members, offering advice and technical support as well as assistance for small businesses.  There are audio and video walks, community programs and the “StoryMaker Festival” which have sessions led by 40 local artists, poets, activists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, lawmakers and community builders.  Visitors attend free daily sessions focused on photography, filmmaking, music creation, coding, design and more.  “The idea is to connect people with history as they use technology. There is an immersive product experience room, with Apple HomePods blaring your favorite music. There are daily sessions which have become popular among people from all walks of life since we opened here last month,” Kathren who works at the store, told IANS.  According to Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail plus People, the company is excited to share this magnificent space with all of our visitors and to provide a home for inspiration for the next generation.  The library’s original circulation desk and skylight area has been transformed into a double-height atrium and gathering space called the Forum.  Carnegie Library has the new DC History Center, which includes the Kiplinger Research Library, three galleries and a museum store, all owned and operated by the 125-year-old Historical Society of Washington, DC.

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