Why Are Libraries Still Important?

MURFREESBORO, TN – The world is at our fingertips, is it still worth going through shelves?

People at Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro can tell you it’s more than just books. Libraries are evolving. Not only are they a source of free information to the public, it also is home to many web based free resources that most people don’t even know about.

Linebaugh offers services such as Flipster (a free magazine reading application), New Book Alerts (an application which tells when new books arrive to the library), and much more.

Branch Librarian Carol Ghattas said, “You get to know people at the library..you’re connecting with the whole world.” Where does connecting with the world start though? Parents say it’s the children.

Christy Hughes brings her kids to Linebaugh all the time to give them that connection. “They don’t get that at home or on their phone..and they need that.”

Many people write articles questioning the need for libraries, and whether it’s worth keeping them open. People like Ghattas work every day to keep libraries relevant in a technology based world by listening to their patrons.

“We listen to what our patrons want..and what you want..then we order those books and materials..then you can have them,” said Ghattas.

Libraries don’t seem to be going anywhere or any time soon, as long as people like the staff at Linebaugh keep moving forward with the world.

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