Letter: Now, more than ever, libraries are needed


Re: Tom Joseph’s online letter of Dec. 28, 2018 (‘Create electronic libraries’):

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I strongly disagree with the notion that we don’t need physical libraries and that they are being used less and less in our digital age.

My children and I go to the library at least once a week.

We take great pleasure not only in the atmosphere, but also with the variety of materials, including CDs, DVDs, magazines, books and reference materials.

No amount of time spent on a computer searching for information can replace the fun, enjoyment and visual treat of seeing books and materials on a shelf, searching for them on the shelves, leafing through magazines, interacting with staff and catching up on all the other programming the library system offers.

And this is all available to us at no cost.

Living in a digital age means we could sit in front of a computer 24/7 and meet all our needs while staring at a screen, never having to leave our homes since we can order groceries, work, go on a virtual date, interact with our friends via Facebook and watch TV.

I don’t wish for my children to be in front of a screen more than is already dictated by school and some television time at home.

I greatly appreciate all the resources available at our North Kamloops Library and the friendly staff. Keep up the great work.

Tanja Hasler

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