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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Can Libraries Be More Than Just Books? By Jacqueline Seewald



Your thoughts and opinions welcome.

17 comments:

Loretta Wheeler said...

What a unique idea...apartments above libraries. I think as in anything with marketing, if you piggy-back ideas or investments off one another, it can sometimes have a really beneficial impact. Why not? And it sure makes it easy to have brick and mortar right beneath your feet! :)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Libraries DO play an important role in our society and I think they should be protected in some way. They actually may be LOL!

Great post, Jacquie.
Good luck and God's blessings
PamT

Susan Oleksiw said...

I enjoy discovering the new opportunities libraries offer, and I think housing over libraries would be a great idea. As I've probably said before, the US is the only country to have a totally free library system. An Australian pointed that out to me. Access to a public reading room with newspapers and magazines isn't the same as access to all the books and resources in the building. Only the US offers all that without membership, letters of reference, or fees.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Loretta, Pam, and Susan,

You all bring up good points and display a positive, open-minded attitude when it comes to library usage. We writers are excellent partners for libraries. We also appreciate them.

Unknown said...

It seems like Google and Amazon have single handedly taken out the bulk of patrons that once depended on Libraries. Good post. Food for thought.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Zari,

I think many older people still prefer to borrow books from the library. But the younger generations are definitely devoted to digital books.

jrlindermuth said...

I also consider libraries one of our most important resources and wish they had more public and government support than they do. As to those apartments, I'd be agreeable provided the tenants be required to utilize the library as more than just a place to hang out.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

John, I agree with you, of course. As to people actually living above the libraries, I see pros and cons as well.

Susan Coryell said...

I believe i will return for a second life as a librarian or a used book! LOVE my libraries (I have 3 cards for 3 different locations) which I use for my two book club selections as well as research and book signings. As much as I use my Kindle, I could not exist without the print and other materials in my libraries. Of curse, I also download lots of e-books from said libraries, as well.

Anonymous said...

Public libraries keep evolving and expanding their services even as their imminent demise keeps getting predicted. What about receiving corporate sponsorship like sports venues get?

I <3 libraries!
Cardyn Brooks

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Susan,

Technology has made libraries more valuable to the public than ever, as well as more accessible--as you observe.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Cardyn,

Your idea of corporate sponsorship for libraries is innovative and would help lots of poor rural libraries. Bill Gates has done a lot in that respect.

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