Libraries embrace technology, maintain traditions

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – In the technological era, many people are turning to online books instead of paperbacks and hardcovers.

Surprisingly, this isn’t directly affecting libraries.

“We’ve got almost a half a million library visits a year, almost a half a million items checked out per year, 67,000 active library cards in Greenville and Pitt County,” explained Greg Needham, Director of Libraries at Sheppard Memorial Library. “These are historically very high numbers, so library use is not dropping off by any means.”

The secret is combining traditions with technological advancements.

“It’s all the newest things that can complement those traditional library services for a really well-rounded offering,” added Needham.

100 public computers in the library system, gigabit wifi, computer classes, e-books, e-magazines and downloadable audio books are just a few of the additions to the library.

The state is taking note of the importance of libraries.

“This past year, the General Assembly actually realizing the importance of libraries and literacy and a continuing lifelong learning community, they actually increased state funding” said Needham.

Libraries continue to turn the page to the next chapter.

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