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They say now that we all have coffee, there is a new emphasis on upgrading technology at the nation’s 16,000 public libraries.
“Computers have always been one of the most popular things at the library,” says Liz Lancaster, director of Howard County Central Library in Columbia, Md. “Everyone was afraid when the Internet was introduced that people would stop coming to the library, but that hasn’t happened.”
The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library by Andy Barnett says don’t plan on closing your doors anytime soon. He gives ten reasons why the public library is here to stay.
The business of the Internet is entertainment, Increasingly, quality content will cost, and Text on paper has some widely ignored advantages are just a few.
From the Washington Post:
Kids adore libraries. Where else can you find endless shelves filled with stories about curious monkeys, giant peaches, beanstalks and hungry caterpillars? The plastic library card and the responsibility of returning books on time is a rite of passage, one of many marking our entrance into the adult world.
Most adults, on the other hand, tend to favor the crisp, sanitized environs of chain book retailers, where one can flip through the latest John Grisham bestseller or fresh copies of Oprah-worthy selections while nursing coffee and biscotti.
I used to be among those latte-drinking, magazine-flipping masses, snubbing my modest neighborhood library until just a few months ago. Visions of musty stacks, an archaic Dewey Decimal System and intimidating librarians kept me from going, even though it\'s just half a block from my apartment . . .
Judy writes \"A commentary in the Sunday, December 23, 2001,Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled \"Time to Check It Out: A certain segment of the population is overdue at the library.\" Read and enjoy Kristin Tillotson\'s comments, including: \"The public library is not just a place for those who can\'t afford to buy, nor a nostalgic reminder of eras past. It is a constantly evolving resource in step with the future.\"
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Fark never dissapoints.
This One on A man in Hawaii found $68,000 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds in a book from the local Library. So he tracked down the owner of the bonds, who was an elderly woman who didn\'t realize they were missing and seemed somewhat confused.
Ender, Duke_of_URL writes: \"William Rees-Mogg writes an editorial
for the London Times
discussing the new
plan to make local councils \"replenish\" their libraries complete
stock within 8.5 years, as the next war waged by dunces against good
This, in the name of circulation, I guess.
\"Councils have to
submit a ‘library plan’ to the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport . . . ‘the targets are to make sure that libraries are vibrant
and attract people to them’.\"
Just in case you wonder why the story icon for the librarian topic is a nut....
Someone sent in This Story from, Normal, IL, where in an animated 1 1/2-hour meeting Wednesday, the Normal library board voted 5-1 to form a committee to develop suggestions in the wake of a dispute over a board member breast-feeding her toddler at the library during story time.
The worlds funniest librarian joke is surely in this somewhere, I\'m not even sure where to start....
\"On some days, you can walk through the place and 80 or 90 percent of the people will be homeless,\"
Bessie Barnes passed along
This one on a donation by Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper and \"Thug Immortal\" Tupac Shakur.
The $10,000 donation is the largest unsolicited donation in the library system\'s history.
\"Basically, she came in to use the library, looked around, then came to the circulation desk and told them that she wanted to make a donation to the library,\" says Fisher, who grudgingly allows that he enjoys The Beatles, folk singers like Pete Seeger - and the symphony.\"