You may not know it, but libraries have quietly become community tech hubs where the digital tools go far beyond computer terminals with free Internet.
Librarians, once masters of the card catalog, have learned to mine information online, offering help with everything from basic computer skills to Facebook and LinkedIn. When it comes to e-readers, in particular, librarians have become the go-to people for answers.
At the most basic level, library users value Internet access almost as highly as books, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. Eighty percent of library-goers surveyed said the ability to borrow books is “very important.”
A nearly identical amount said free Internet access also is a “very important” library service.
Despite all of the technological advances, librarians say, there will always be books. Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, said there is still ample evidence that people largely prefer reading the old-fashioned way: ink on paper.
“We’re not throwing away the relationships and the conversations and the reading of printed books,” Stripling said. “We are adding on and maybe deepening the reading experience through technology.”
Movie Night @ the Library will be showing Oscar-nominated movies this year. Tuesday will kick off the series with a showing of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at 6:30 p.m. It is rated PG-13. Enjoy a night at the movies with popcorn and the big screen for free.
Family Game Night, which is held the fourth Monday of each month, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday. Enjoy a family night out playing board games, as well as Wii games on the big screen.
“2nd Sundays @ 2” in February will feature Julie Bestry, a certified professional organizer and owner of Best Results Organizing. She will share secrets to start and keep you organized this year. Call our NonFiction Desk to reserve a spot for this program.
For more information about our library, check out the website clevelandlibrary.org.