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How are public libraries cherished in the digital age (infographic)
Libraries adapt to new reality much better than anyone could think. The key to winning in the digital times is engaging communities. And realizing that libraries are not only about lending books.
Created for City Town Info, the infographic presented below puts together the facts that influence the evolution of public libraries in times when everything turns digital with a touch of a magic wand.
62% of libraries report that they are the only place in their community that offers free internet access.
Combine it with facts from the Pew Internet report: almost 80% of Americans agree that free computer and internet access are very important services that libraries offer. It clearly shows the path to follow.
Cherylin Winkler wrote a post for State Tech (it’s actually the place where we found the infographic), in which she shares very insightful thoughts:
The reality is that technology will be the saving grace of the public library system. Public libraries continue to be the primary source of computer access and continuing education for underserved members of the community.
Without these resources, the digital divide will only increase and imperil the success of every community.
How could libraries adapt to evolving needs? Engaging patrons through social media, and acquiring books in digital format, are definitely worth implementing.
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About Ola Kowalczyk
As a frequent visitor of her favorite local library, Ola is particularly interested in how books and libraries evolve in the digital age. Ebooks, print, audiobooks – for her, all books are equal.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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