The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

Though I know there is a subset of library users (and, unfortunately, librarians) who are not thrilled with the changes and advancements libraries have made to keep up with modern users, I am a big fan of innovative library programs, services, and spaces.  While I still love a beautiful old building filled to the top with books, we have to admit that the public needs more than that if we want to stay relevant.  These are some examples of interesting ways libraries are trying to do that.

 

Authors for Library Ebooks

If you are interested in learning more about how ebook pricing and availability affects libraries or you support revamping both, this is a good site to check out.

 

Adagio Tea Fandom Blends

I need all of these.  I don’t even care what they taste like.  I mean, how great would it be to drink some Veritaserum or Felix Felicis while re-reading Harry Potter?  Or the TARDIS or Dalek blends while catching up on Doctor Who?  I’m aware that I sound like a commercial right now, but, seriously, how cool are these?

 

The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read If You’ve Never Read a Book Before

I’m including this because I completely disagree with it.  While the books on this list are all good books, they are exactly what someone who cares more about image than literacy would suggest.  First time readers should pick a book that excites them.  Very few people who’ve never made it through a book before are going to be excited by Hamlet or Mrs. Dalloway.  Very few people started out loving these books; they worked their way up to them and then, perhaps, found a love for them.  Unfortunately, too many people are concerned with the idea of people reading the “right” things rather than the idea that they’re reading at all.  New readers would be much better off going to the reader’s advisory at the local library to get help finding a book they’ll love.

And here are a few lists to enjoy…

23 Images That Will Change The Way You Look At “Harry Potter”

Clever Photoshopped Covers of Book Titles Missing a Letter

15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books

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