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The Neillsville Public Library Celebrates National Library Week, Part 2

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 -- 12:46 PM

-This week is National Library Week and the Neillsville Public Library has special activities planned throughout the week.

During National Library Week, and throughout April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play communities. Jo Ann Gustavson, Librarian at Neillsville, and Chris Smith, a Neillsville Library Board Member talked about what the Neillsville Library has to offer.

Chris feels that people have a lot of misconceptions about today?s libraries.

Chris said, "I think a common misconception, I just had a conversation with someone, that in the digital age and age of internet and everything at your fingertips, why do we need to go to the library? What's the purpose of that? And talking with some people, I think, and as Jo Ann mentioned, the whole research part. Libraries are not just a place of books anymore. We've had to reinvent ourselves to be part of that digital age. Being research assistants. Have technology available to help people do the research. Another thing about the digital age is that not everyone can afford it. We have many people who do not have computers or they maybe have a computer, but they don't have internet access."

Jo Ann said that even with the world?s more digital focus, many people still prefer to have a physical book.

Jo Ann said, "People still like the feel of a book. They like the feel of it in their hands. We have many patrons, seniors, that still come to the library to get books, but they additionally download them to their device."

If you?d like to learn more about what?s happening at the library feel free to call or stop by.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.