Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Future is Now

Library of the future opens in Bolingbrook - Chicago Breaking News: "The shiny, LED-lit future of libraries opened Monday in Bolingbrook, promising to be a technology blueprint for others as iPads, Kindles and Nooks replace dusty old paperbacks.

Crowds of curious and eager patrons visited the three-story, $39.5 million building featuring flat-screen TVs, computer terminals, self-checkout stations, an automated book sorter and a cafe.

The Fountaindale Public Library, with its state-of-the-art, Wi-Fi equipped space, is starkly different from the previous antiquated library, a nearby one-story brick structure built in 1975 that awaits the wrecking ball."

1 comment:

Richard R. said...

wi-fi and e-readers replacing "dusty old paperbacks". It's obvious how hard they tried to make a "regular" library sound bad. I wonder what the old building is going to do with it's bookshelves? I saw pictures of the abandoned library in Detroit with beautiful wooden bookshelves just sitting in the elements. Sigh.