Suddenly, the library has been eerily quiet in the last week or two. I credit it to a combination of factors: mild weather first, with highs in the '70's, and second, recently completed branch expansions at two locations, with more public-access PC's to draw people away from the main library.
Beyond that, are there other reasons, such as the increasing use of portable wireless devices; smartphones, tablets, and e-book readers? Five years ago, the library was a Mecca for after-school teens wanting to access MySpace. Now, boisterous teens are scarcely to be seen. Has the public-access desktop PC become outmoded, used only by device-less travelers, the poor, and wireless device owners who need to print something? I don't know.
Maybe it's just the weather.
1 month ago