SHAMOKIN — Libraries have long been institutions of learning with the ability to adapt to changing times and cultures. They have served as repositories of recorded history, as well as places of quiet learning. They have endured world wars and triumphed over those who would seek to suppress knowledge.
Now comes the latest and perhaps greatest challenge to the future of school and public libraries. In this so-called “electronic age” of internet-accessible smartphones and personal computers, the reasons for coming to the library have changed. However, libraries still remain a viable community resource of public knowledge, offering special activities and events, in addition to being quiet places of reading, study and learning.