Director’s Notebook… Hope Cain, Director, Public Library

November 12, 2015 - Kindle Unlimited


Did Amazon only reinstate a open library?

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Now we suffer like many of you. we can accumulate equipment in my selling transport and sequence when I’m ready. we always get accurately what we want, with satisfactory prices and discerning (free) shipping…what’s not to like?

The essay “Did Amazon only reinstate a open library?” created by Megan Garber is something we only had to take to task. What does it say? What does it mean? Am we out of a job??

In 2 words…Don’t worry!

Megan writes about a opening of Amazon’s Amazon Books store in Seattle. “It has a Barnes Noble feel and is an examination of a merging of digital sell and physical. It’s set adult to inspire congregation to hang out, spend time, and settle down.”

Megan states, “Amazon Books is a store doing a work of a informative institution. It’s about commerce, yes, though it’s also about collectivity. It is, in form if not in name, a library. And a librarians are a same people who offer as curators for associate customers.”

Megan, a enthusiast is one who contingency spend money, not a enthusiast who is acquire no matter if they have a dime in their slot or not. Amazon is a retailer. They sell things during a hold of a button: books, domicile goods, jewelry…lots and lots of things. They offer pricy subscriptions: $100 per year Prime for 2 day shipping, film streaming, song and print storage; $10 per month (or $120 per year) Kindle Unlimited for total ebooks – though theory what…it’s not unequivocally “prime” or “unlimited” is it?

Everyone is equal when entering a open library – no one has to buy anything. Just use a giveaway services.  Our programs are free, a internet entrance is free, mechanism use is free, cards are free, sitting and browsing  a books, newspapers or magazines is free, information is giveaway during a front table – Where is early voting? Can we get ebooks on my phone? we need to learn about breast cancer. My child is disturbed about bullies. How do we start regulating a computer? we need assistance stuffing out an focus online. How comfortable should we keep my neighbor’s full bred clean-shaven Chinese Crested dogs if a continue is cold and my feverishness is off? How do we caring for my new kitten? What is there to do in Sulphur Springs? Where is a H2O office?

Sulphur Springs Public Library staff is here to greet, assist, answer, listen, suggest, smile, listen and conflict to needs and stream events in a community.  The building provides a protected permitted space for gathering, contains 2 internal story museums/collections, a fun children’s area with local-made quilts, and a commemorative section travel in front display a support this library perceived when being built.  We offer services to anyone: tiny business, individuals, groups, schools, military, students, handicapped, special needs, out of towners, all ages, and all forms of people.  we don’t consider Amazon Books can unequivocally and truly contend all that!

Amazon has lots of things for purchase, though open libraries offer a value not equaled by Amazon.  We care, we smile, we listen… we are community!

How have libraries made a destiny like Amazon never can? Many Americans contend that their libraries are critical in their lives, they identified a library visits as certain experiences, relatives trust libraries are critical for their children, and that libraries rise a adore of reading and books. – Information from 2013 Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

Three ubiquitous reasons American adore their open libraries…1. Useful information they make accessible, 2. Public spaces they yield that assistance erect a village and 3. The education intensity that reading, observation and listening has to offer.

Libraries have made many individuals’ lives in such a approach that their bequest can be felt many years later.

Thomas Edison would be “to ill to work” though could spend a whole day and dusk reading books on electricity.  Wilbur and Orville Wright rekindled their seductiveness in moody after finding a book on birds and how they fly in their library.  Harry Truman says’” by a time we was 12 or 14 we have review each book in a Independence MO open library, including a encyclopedias…those books had a good change on me.”  10 year aged Martin Luther King Jr. looked brazen to pity what he schooled with his librarian – new words, poems.  The seductiveness a librarian took and their communication was critical to his perspective of a world.

It is a initial step into shortcoming and adulthood to have your possess library label and a county shortcoming to honour open property. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was endangered after he landed US Airways moody in New York’s Hudson River, about a library book he had onboard, “it competence come behind late, even H2O damaged”

Oprah Winfrey says reading was “an open doorway for leisure in my life” that “allowed me to see a universe over my grandmother’s front porch in Mississippi”. After Sonia Sotomayor’s father died, she buried herself in reading and generally desired a Nancy Drew series. She became a penetrating spectator and listener.

Information, space and literacy! Americans adore their libraries for all these reasons – justification adequate to inspire even some-more of a adults to use these most desired village incubators of personal complacency and spontaneous self-education.

Excerpts from Did Amazon Just Replace a Public Library? by Megan Garber, The Atlantic, Nov. 3, 2015.

Excerpts from Amazon will Never, Ever, Replace Libraries by Alex Gallo-Brown, Motherboard, Nov. 6 2015.

Excerpts from Why Americans Love Their Public Libraries by Wayne A. Wiegand, The Northwestern Media Oct 27, 2015.

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