posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 07:59 PM
Oh good lord people, many libraries have sections with nothing but foreign language books. Seeing as this is Texas, Spanish is the appropriate second
language to carry.
I'm a shelver in a library not too far from this. The idea of a library this big both makes me happy as hell and shudder at the thought of all the
books. That's just coming from someone that sorts and shelves books for a living though.
But in all seriousness, this is awesome. My library
is small, but we're part of a much larger system where patrons can request books from other libraries, so there's a very large selection of
Take it from me, people still use libraries. Many libraries are expanding their programs to offer GED and computer classes, and there's also
community-centered things like story times (usually once or twice a week) and food banks at holidays. In addition to books, my library also carries
DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, and ESL/foreign language programs. The computers at the library have access to genealogy and job services, and there's
homework help centers most weekdays. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of people that come in on a daily basis to use the fax service (yes,
people still use those) or the notary. Some of the better off libraries even check out books electronically, so tablet readers can still use both
services. Above all, they're generally a safe place to be, and they provide a place for community events. Many kids use mine for after school
activities (working on homework, Pokemon league, etc), or just hang out and read while they wait on their parents.
Please pardon the long-winded response. Working at a library for nearly 2 years now has made me realize how great they can still be, and that their
services go way beyond just housing dusty, old books.