The public library in my neighborhood stays open extra late once a month for "Work Night". So far, it's mostly a group of people with computers talking about data of some kind. They are very nice and equally productive but I have little more to say about their activities in the ground level meeting room other than the coffee and pastry is always down there and I interrupt them regularly to get my fix.
I stay upstairs with the books. Armed with a sketchbook and ink (sometimes an iPad), I chat with people and draw.
As a girl I spent a lot of time in my public library in Chesapeake, VA. In the mid-90s the main public library was pretty advanced for its time and location. With a computer lab, glass enclosed private study, job resources, a stuffy but fancy feeling law library, and local art on the walls it was sometimes hard to believe I grew up in a pretty conservative part of the country. Their children's department was nothing to scoff at either but I graduated quickly and could be found reading horror or historical fiction in the adult stacks. Before goatse, I was buying trashy horror at the Friends of the Library book sale and reading disturbing passages to my friends at school—relishing their reactions.
I spent long days there sitting in shelves, sinking into the leather furniture of the law library, and reading about anything and everything. It was and remains the only comforting silence I have ever experienced. Work Nights at the Lawrenceville branch of CLP bring all of this back. This event encourages library users to take advantage of the space to get things done whether its in a sketchbook or Sublime Text.
If you draw or just want to meet me at the library to sit for me, we can chat about whatever you like while I draw. Work Nights are the second Thursday of each month at 6PM until 10PM. If that doesn't work for you however, I can be convinced to pop down on a Monday when my branch doesn't close until 8PM.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.