Some people think that libraries are becoming obsolete due to the Internet and the growing popularity of e-books. Nothing could be further from the truth. Libraries are a repository for more than just the written word and reference materials. They provide a basic need for every community and will for the foreseeable future.
The Village Library of Cooperstown is a good case in point. Just on the topic of the Internet the library provides a valuable asset. At the moment we have five public access terminals for Internet use. Regular patrons use them all the time either because they can’t afford their own computer or theirs is on the fritz.
The library makes e-books and downloadable audios available through the Four County Library System. These items are offered free of charge for all patrons with library cards. With these titles there is no need to worry about overdue fines as the titles are encrypted and drop off your reading device at the due date.
People with laptops and iPads also value library services. Our free Wi-Fi connection is so popular that we can’t even keep track of the number of people who use it. Many patrons sit on the porch or in their cars after hours in order to stay connected.
Beyond keeping up with technology and offering it in an affordable and convenient manner, the library acts as a community center. Patrons use it for tutoring, book clubs, discussion groups, foreign language lessons, committee meetings, and socializing. Our children’s story hour, held every Wednesday at 10:30am, offers pre-school children an introduction to reading and crafts. For older children there is an after-school game club every Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Friends of the Village Library sponsors several adult and children’s programs throughout the year. Adult topics cover the gambit from fly fishing to healthy living to people involved in international crises. Children are educated and amused by such entertainers as authors, storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, and police dogs. Adult programs run from September through May while the children’s programs run from January through August.