Libraries Aren’t Extinct Yet, So What Does That Mean For Education?

It been increasingly evident that the interest in the internet has gone up and the interest in printed books has been struggling. However, Anna Clark would beg to differ in her article, Who Says Libraries are Going Extinct? She states that 2013 was one of the best years for libraries in the past decade. Libraries serve 96.4% of the population. She also stated that “Attendance at library-hosted programs for kids hit 60.5 million in 2013.” This is important for our children.

Libraries play an important part in education. Libraries give children something schools cannot: a seemingly endless supply of books and other media. Libraries are not just for knowledge, but also for pleasure. Children can pick up Harry Potter just as easily as they can pick up an encyclopedia. Here’s the great part though: no matter what they pick up, they’re still learning something. When kids are at an age where they are still expanding their skill of reading, something like Harry Potter could offer just as much as an encyclopedia. It expands their vocabulary, their imagination, their enjoyment of reading, etc. Libraries offer the service of being there whenever children want to create an interest in reading. That interest could be one of the most valuable things to an upcoming student.

In a world where kids would rather sit back and watch TV or play video games, it’s good to know that libraries are still kicking. Although the internet offers endless knowledge to kids, it can often be distracting or lacking motivation. Libraries aim to educate while also entertaining and encouraging kids to use their minds and their imagination. That is something the educational system will always need.

If you want to check out Clark’s article here then I suggest you do so.

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3 thoughts on “Libraries Aren’t Extinct Yet, So What Does That Mean For Education?

  1. If public school education becomes more and more privatized; it’s only a matter of time until public libraries become private too. The irony is, public libraries were once private institutions until they became ‘public’ for the greater good.

    Thanks to tablets and e-books bookstores are slowly disappearing. Time. Running. Short.

    • But what does that say about the product? A book was once made up of layout & design elements, the words and graphics on the page. Fundamentally we are more attached to those books, the book store. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for technology, but the once produced paper version to me felt more like a commodity. As a writer the internet and electronic media have opened up a place for me to easily publish and have my thoughts, ideas and literary works in the hands of readers. However, media on the web’s fleeting with a click of a delete my first published work on Smithsonian’s website was taken off the web, additionally it is lasting, someone can easily search out my facebook post from several years ago about what my family had for dinner. It feels wrong that the random ramblings of the drunken twitterer or youtuber could last with more permanency then the electronic peer-reviewed work of a scholar. In the world where everyone’s message matches up equally in a google search, we must find a way to sift for permanence and authentic sources.

    • A certain admiration will always exist for books just as people today love vinyl records or still buy CDs at a record shop. The mp3 has made those obsolete, but certain people enjoy physical music better than digital. Although bookstores are suffering, libraries are staying surprisingly active and although their downfall may seem imminent, there’s always hope for those of us that enjoy physical books.

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