The Library in the Digital Age

By Kristin F. 

When I was younger, my life was at the library. I would check out 30 books at a time and read them all. I participated in craft events and other fun activities. My sister and I begged our mom to take us to play the computer games. When I was a little older, I joined their teen book club and helped organize events aimed at my peer group. Yet somewhere along the line, I got distracted by the shiny bells and whistles of my laptop and iPhone and left the library behind. I didn’t have time to read like I used to, and I thought the library served no other purpose for me. How wrong I was! It took a good 12 or so years, but I have rediscovered the library and all its treasures. Aside from actually checking out (and reading!) books, I’ve downloaded audio-books to my phone, downloaded eBooks to my Kindle, checked out graphic novels, and rented movies and video games. Some libraries also offer free music downloads and streaming video, or if you’re looking to take a break from consuming media, fitness classes and (free!) activity passes for places like local museums and state parks. I actually just moved, but getting a new library card for my new local library is at the top of my to-do list. I am so glad the library is back in my life, and I will not go without it again!

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