Editorial: Libraries evolving to stay relevant

The demand for checking out the latest bestseller or that timeless classic is waning at public libraries across the country, including here at home.

Instead, patrons are just as likely to download it to their Nook, Kindle or iPad, those little electronic gizmos that are growing in popularity and take up a lot less space in your vacation bag of essentials.

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. In other words, it’s not your grandfather’s library.

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