Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Limitless Libraries: Good Job, Nashville!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 5:40 AM

In my brief time as a library card holder, I must say that I love, love, love that I can read about a book online and sign on to Nashville Public Library's website and have that book delivered to the library closest to my house, where I can swoop by on my way home from work and pick it up.

So, when I heard that the library was extending this deal to Nashville area teens through the Limitless Library program? I have to tell you, I cheered in delight. What an excellent idea! Middle and high schoolers aren't limited to the books in their individual schools' libraries but can have access to all of the books in the Nashville library system. They just get on the computer and request it and it's delivered to their school.

From the Tennessean:

“We are seeing overwhelming successes,” said Tricia Bengel, interim director at Nashville Public Library. “Kids are borrowing more books than they have ever borrowed, and they have access to different types of materials than they have even had before. It’s a good problem to have, but we are struggling a little bit to keep up with the increase in circulation.

“It benefits the library because we’ve added 15,000 patrons that we didn’t have before. We are building our patrons of tomorrow.”

Really, people, in an era when almost every story about book publishing is that no one reads anymore and that no one goes to the library, especially kids, hearing that kids are borrowing more than they ever have from the library is really good news, and a welcome antidote to all the doom and gloom.

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