You will find people scanning and checking out books at self-checkout stations, more rows of DVDs and audio books, more computers available for public use and the hustle and bustle of people coming and going for abundant offerings of special programs like movie showings, story times for children, computer training classes, Book and Coffee discussions, and career job training programs, to name a few.
And then there are e-books — electronic versions of books that can be checked out online and downloaded on one’s e-reader in mere seconds without setting foot in the library.
Our library is open 24/7 with the help of technology. A patron can now manage their membership online and utilize the library’s online reference resources anytime and anywhere.
Even the atmosphere is different, having changed in the last several years. It’s a meeting place for students, study groups and neighbors.
The library is where people use free Wi-fi on their tablets and laptops and congregate as they would in a coffee shop. There is even a coffee shop, BonLife, at the library.
So if you haven’t been to your public library in a while, make a date to visit in 2013.
If you did get a new e-reader or digital camera and want some help, check out the free Gadget Week classes here beginning Jan. 7.
The one thing that has not changed is the fact that the public library still offers books, technology and learning opportunities at no cost to patrons.
For more information about the library and its services, go to www.clevelandlibrary.org.