Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eye on Books #5

 ARE YOU WONDERING whether “real” books will soon be relics? …that we will be relegated to squinting at tiny electronic devices, unable to read without electric help? …that future libraries will provide only computers?

The Pew Research Center’s recent Internet & American Life Project tells us that while “many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, [they] also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.”

Libraries are grappling with the need to provide digital services while meeting the needs of patrons who may not be techno-savvy or may lack the means to own the latest devices. As co-author of the Pew report Kathryn Zickuhr noted, “While many patrons appreciate being able to access new digital resources at libraries, they also say they value having print books and other traditional resources at libraries and still want a personal connection with library staff." Learn more at

In renovations and new buildings, library design contains best forecasts of what will be needed and wanted by library patrons. As Reston Regional moves toward a new phase, NOW is the time for public input. Just as the Friends need adequate space for sorting and accumulating materials for sales (continuing financial aid to the library!), so public meeting space, the balance of digital and printed matter, and learning aids all are factors. What should your library provide? Let us know your thoughts!

PERHAPS YOU SAW the Washington Post story in December, on the Nov. 26 passing of Jacques Morgan, outspoken contrarian owner of Idle Time Books in Adams Morgan. He was a regular at our book sales, distinctive with his long ponytail and thick mustache. The Friends offer condolences to his wife Val. The Post quotes her as saying, “He did everything he wanted in life. He never went for a job interview. He never had to get dressed up for work. That’s a lucky man.”

NEW OFFERINGS at the Fairfax County Public Library include Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno: A Novel; Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (both in Large Print); and a new edition of Paul Tillich’s The Courage to Be.

A BEST OF RESTON award goes to Friends of the Reston Regional Library for 2013! Thanks to the many volunteers over the years who made it possible for us to be recognized in this year’s Civic group category. Reston Interfaith sponsors a gala on April 11 to present the awards to groups and individuals.

Mystery mini-sale Thurs Feb 7- Mon Feb 11
Children’s and Teen sales Thurs Mar 14- Sun Mar 17
Big Spring Sale – late April


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