Crafting opportunities, e-options take place of traditional offerings

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Instead of checking out a bestseller at the front desk of a local library, patrons are just as likely to download it to their Nook, Kindle or tablet.

With an increased demand in electronic materials and services, library officials say the role of the library has changed from that of a quiet place of reading and study to a bustling center of activity.

“Overall, libraries are becoming more like community centers instead of the quiet library that many people remember from when they were young,” said Julia Aker, director of Jackson County Public Library. “With the changes and technology, libraries are all about access.”

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