Libraries aren’t just for books anymore.
As the digital age matures, more and more learning tools are transitioning to online formats. Cyberspace offers virtually limitless potential for storing and transmitting knowledge, as well as interactive and multimedia features that can meet learners where their strengths and natural abilities lie.
Additionally, shifting cultural interests and community needs have inspired librarians to embrace an expansive view of ways in which they can serve their patrons and the public at-large — including here in Halifax County.
“We’re not just musty old classics and things like that,” said Jay Stephens, director for the Halifax County-South Boston Public Library. “Libraries have really kind of grown out of that mold and into much, much more.”
He notes that “you have to be able to appeal to a broad spectrum of interests and people with what you carry,” as the community includes many folks who may not be as inclined toward reading and research as are traditional library patrons.
Pursuant to this, local libraries have expanded both program offerings and resources available for public access beyond the scope of readable materials. This dynamic has only increased in the past few years, and especially since the pandemic.”
Stephens is especially proud of the innovative “Library of Things”…