Not Much Shushing Going on at Libraries These Days

8 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, December 25 2010 Dec 25, 2010 Saturday, December 25, 2010 1:02:16 PM CST December 25, 2010 in News
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The days of shushing noisy patrons at libraries have faded away as officials seek new ways to bring people through the doors.

Pittsburg, Kan., library director Pat Clement sees modern libraries as centers for people in the community to come together and interact with each other.

Clement says activities such as magic shows, concerts and chat sessions have connected with people and boosted her libraries numbers.

Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage says nontraditional programming has helped the gate count at her library grow by more than 300,000 people since 2005. She says people who had never been to the library are surprised by what they see.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Pittsburg library has seen an increase of 1,500 card-holders in the past year alone.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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