Greenfield Public Library keeping people in the books

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- It’s National Library Week!! 22News visited a Franklin County library and found out how they’re able to keep people reading.

National Library Week is all about keeping libraries relevant. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our local libraries. But it’s not just about books it’s about promoting all the services your local library has to offer.

New technology seems to have made checking out books a thing of the past. But some readers told 22News, there’s nothing like taking a trip to the library for a new book. Lillian Moss said, “It’s a sensuous experience to have a book in your hand. When I was a little kid I used to smell the printer’s ink. You can’t take your computer to the bathtub and it’s pretty nasty if you bring it to the beach.”

Greenfield public library doesn’t have a shortage of patrons. The assistant director told 22News it’s because they’ve been able to adapt with the change of times.

Lisa Prolman said, “We have to stay relevant to the times. If all we have is books, it’s not going to be as relevant to the people who are coming up. You know who are growing older now, who are always on their iPad or iPhone. We have downloadable books, audio books, all kinds of things that people can use.”

Greenfield Public library circulated approximately 300 thousand items last year.

Schedule of Events:Friday, April 18
6:30pm- Film night

Saturday, April 19
11am- Barry Dietz presents “Books into Music into Books”

Check out GPL’s virtual poetry slam on Youtube.





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