The Wing Has A New Location With A Library That Will Completely Blow You Away
By Brittany Natale
You may already be acquainted with The Wing, a network of co-working spaces designed for female-identifying individuals with four different locations throughout the United States. The highly Instagrammable spaces offer everything from nursing rooms, beauty areas, cafes, as well as a variety of programming and networking events.
Just last month, The Wing opened its first location outside of New York City in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Similar to its New York City locations, the 10,000 square foot space was designed by architect Alda Ly and interior designer, Chiara de Rege. In addition to The Wing’s signature amenities, the newest location features The Wing's largest library that was developed in partnership with The Strand – housing over 3,000 titles from a diverse array of authors exploring topics ranging from feminist theory, to contemporary women's fiction, and beyond.
“The curation process for a ‘Wing order’ ends up feeling almost magical,” Leigh Altshuler, the Director of Marketing Communications at The Strand, tells Bustle. “Normally, we work under very specific guidelines — color, subject, author, etc, when we build a library. But The Wing was totally open to any book— anything at all — as long as it was written by a female-identifying author, or about a female-identifying subject. That freedom meant collection grew organically and magically into a surprising, fascinating collection of books. Our team scoured every section of the store — fiction, essays, technology, art, kid’s – you name it. There’s a ton of variety, but the final product is a library dedicated to one thing: the ideas of women”.
In a rapidly advancing society that is moving more and more towards digital alternatives, whether it be books or delivery services, libraries have proven that they are needed now more than ever: In a 2016 study by Pew Research, over 50% of millennials have visited a library within the past 12 months. Beyond just offering books, libraries are places of community, support, and free education – where people of all backgrounds and experiences can come together to learn and connect. Although The Wing's library is only open to its members, its purpose still upholds this.
Leigh Altshuler, along with Sky Friedlander, Manager of the Books by the Foot Program at The Strand, shared their top picks from The Wing's D.C. library with Bustle — see them below: