While navigating the Internet, I happened upon an article about a library in Texas that, when it opens in the Fall of 2013, will have no books. Well, it will have books but only in digital format. Patrons will be able to download books onto their own e-readers or borrow one from the library. And while the Meadville Public Library may never go completely digital, like the Bexar County BiblioTech Library we will continue to change in order to meet the needs of our patrons. Even as the library continues to purchase hard and soft cover books, we will find other ways to provide access to information. Though record albums and music cassettes have been eliminated, MP3 audio books, online databases, and e-books have been added.
As most of you know, when new formats (e-books for example) are introduced, there is usually a need for education about and assistance in the use of these items. The Meadville Public Library will continue to offer free e-reader classes for those patrons who need help with their Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader device. Lacey has also informed me that the library will once again offer computer classes, at no charge, beginning this summer. Check our website at meadvillelibrary.org or call the library for further information.
And now an update on the weeding process that was begun last year. The non-fiction collection has been weeded through the 700′s and Jeanne is in the process of evaluating the reference collection. Once she has completed that task, we will look at the 800′s and 900′s. I hope to shift those books to make more room for the large print collection which is outgrowing its area.
Finally, I wish to thank all of our patrons who have donated books and DVDs to the library. Library budgets continue to suffer from political wrangling and because of your generosity, items that could not be purchased now sit on the shelves just waiting for someone to discover them.