Here is a video recently posted from Sir Ken Robinson about how education is broken.
What he says at 2:40 applies to libraries too – “Great teachers…[sic] create the conditions under which people will grow. Understanding talent, motivation and the need to feed peoples spirits and their energies.”
Great libraries do the same for their communities. Great libraries serve as a gauge for the community and support talent, find talent, foster talent. Finding your community’s talent, understanding what motivates your community (okay, not booze, but real stuff), and feeding spirits and energy is the key to success. That Sir Robinson, he’s a goodie.