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Wednesday, 30th July 2008

Libraries adapted to digital age

From the USA Today article:

Libraries have transformed themselves from staid, sleepy institutions into hip community centers offering Internet service, classes for kids and seniors, and even coffee and video gaming nights.

Some have classes on citizenship for recent immigrants or provide sessions on improving computer skills. Most provide wireless Internet service, and many consult teen advisory councils for guidance on how to attract young people.

At most libraries, traffic is up in some cases, way up fueled in part by the lure of free computer use, according to experts and a Gannett News Service analysis of state data. At the same time, budget pressures on cities and counties that provide most of the funding have forced dozens of libraries to cut back their hours or close.

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