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Libraries are Keeping Up with the Times

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Book worms celebrate what they enjoy best -- reading books.

That's good business for libraries, but instead of checking out hardcovers... many patrons are changing the way they read.

Courtney Plante has the story.

Even though it's quiet here...

It's supposed to be...

People are reading... A good thing considering it's National Library Week.

"It's a national celebration. Just a time for communities to celebrate libraries and the value of having public libraries in the community," said Christine Kujawa, BPL Assistant Director.

Readers and librarians celebrate not only the history of the library -- but the future of it.

"We're shifting collections, weeding the collection, we're looking at electronics," said Kristi Engle, U-Mary Librarian.

Engle has worked in libraries for 30 years -- and sees the electronic changes first hand.

"We're really introducing our eResource, our eBooks, and so that's getting used more and more," said Kristi Engle, U-Mary Librarian.

There are many perks that eBooks provide. 

"If I'm traveling it's really handy to have an eReader. You can put multiple books on it and just have the one device," said Christine Kujawa, BPL Assistant Director.

But this change comes with a price.

"A vast majority of our budget goes to maintaining our electronics," said Kristi Engle, U-Mary Librarian.

Money isn't the only issue -- Engle says libraries try to accommodate all the different electronic formats.

"That puts a lot of wear and tear on the staff and the IT people to try and keep current with what's coming out new," said Kristi Engle, U-Mary Librarian.

eBook use is on the rise --  and while some people are looking for that convenience -- others are sticking with what they're used to.

"Well for me I still enjoy actually holding the physical book and turning the pages"

"Libraries are not going away. Books are not going away. We will have books well into the 23rd century," said Kristi Engle, U-Mary Librarian.

So even though the way we read them might be evolving.

Stories of past and present... will always need reading.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

In 2013...the Bismarck Public Library had more than 222,627 print books
And 8,436 eBooks.

 

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