I recently read an article called “Why Libraries Still Matter” by Eric Klinenberg that resonated in me. It opened with the question “Is the public library obsolete?” and states that “circulation of bound books in some places has declined and libraries are no longer serving their historical function.”
Based on the Volusia County Public Library Snapshot Figures for the year, our library hasn’t suffered from a decline in circulation. But I would agree that libraries, in general, no longer serve their historical functions….no, they are so much more!
They are in the computer lab learning new and advanced skills. Adults are socially interacting in craft and educational programs; children are learning at Storytime – and you may just find a patron or two interacting while working on a puzzle.
Our library doesn’t just provide free access to books and other materials, as the author says. It is an example of a “social structure, the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact.” I look forward to seeing you there!
Jane Finchum, President of the OB Friends