I have returned from the annual summer trip I take with my parents. We spend a nice time at the beach and I get the opportunity to catch up with them and spend some nice time with family.
It was great to spend some time reading on the beach. However, as a good librarian I never stop working and spent a lot of time spying, yes I admit it, on the people around to see what they reading.
I am asked all the time if people still actually read. After doing my spying, I can unequivocally say yes!
This year I was more interested in what they were using to read than the titles they were reading. Surprisingly, I saw a lot of actual books. Actually, I guess it should not be all that surprising. The beauty of the book is that it is mobile, it does not need any power, and the sun doesn't interfere with your ability to actually read the page. Also, a little sand is no problem.
There were also a large number of magazines. They give nice manageable stories which can be read in small doses between naps and splashes in the ocean.
Yes, there also lots of devices. People were reading ebooks, listening to eaudios, and streaming music. This will be the future of our fun time at the beach. Right now I can read a book, listen to an audio and get music on the device I am using to write this article.
The library can provide you all of these formats right now. It is what we know the future of the library will be. We are planning for that future right now. Yes, people are still reading books, people are still reading lots of books. We still have to have space for books. But we are now planning how to seamlessly integrate the 21st Century reading and listening developments into the library you have known for decades.
You will be hearing more in the coming months about these plans. Adams County has a great library system in my humble opinion. However, we cannot ignore these new developments or you will be left behind in this ever changing world. We promise to let you know more about this, just come and check us out.