The library also hosts a weekly discussion group on current events every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the women’s club hosts a book club every fourth Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m. A knitting group, better known as the “Knit-Wits,” meets every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Our DVD collection is becoming second to none. We currently have over 700 films available for circulation. Many are classics and current Oscar winners. DVDs are among our most popular items as it isn’t always convenient or affordable for our patrons to use Netflix or Redbox.
When it comes to the most basic library service, offering books, it’s a little too soon to think that the e-book rage is going to overtake the print version. Not everyone can afford reading devices, and many people still prefer reading the old-fashioned way. Circulation of e-books and downloadable audios are increasing but still account for only a fraction of the over 30,000 items that are checked out each year.
We are also one of the few libraries in the Four County Library System that is open seven days a week. Besides being open on Saturdays from 10 to 2 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. we have evening hours until 8pm on Monday and Wednesday. We operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. otherwise. Our whole purpose is to fill needs that are growing, not declining.
It may be intuitive to think that libraries are becoming obsolete because of the introduction of electronic media. That belief is completely false. Most people still value their public library because it offers something for everyone from the techie to the browser. The Village Library of Cooperstown is a community treasure and will be for many years to come.