For some, big box stores are a symbol for American over-consumption. In McAllen, Texas, one such structure is becoming a symbol for something else entirely: literacy. A derelict 124,500-square-foot Walmart there has been transformed into the largest single-floor public library in the United States. The massive overhaul involved the creation of over a dozen public meeting spaces and study areas, 64 computer labs, and an “acoustically separated lounge for teens.” Here’s to making all things new! Check out the photos here.
ELSEWHERE: An Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Huge Library
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Martyn Jones is a Chicago-area writer with abiding interests in phenomenology, reformed theology, and contemporary fiction. Since graduating from Wheaton College in 2010, he has worked for Apple, written for Groupon, and received his M.A. in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Marty writes sporadically for supercurriculum.blogspot.com, and you can follow him on Twitter: @martynwendell.