Libraries are evolving for the digital age . . .
ONE of the great things about living in a town for a long time is you see how it changes and evolves.
When my daughter was young we spent many happy hours in our local library in Heaton Moor.
Parents both then and now really value the friendly atmosphere and the wealth of children’s books and story-telling which our libraries offer.
During national Libraries Week this year I was able to visit another of my local libraries – Edgeley.
As well as the familiar bookshelves, children’s section and the computers, there is so much more going on.
You can use the Wi-Fi to look for a job, do your homework, develop your hobby or even practice your driving theory test.
Library events are on all the time – from spooky story time for Halloween to a new show about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
But you don’t need to visit the library to be part of it.
The Home Library Service has always been very good at reaching out to people who find it difficult to get to the library due to disability or poor health – say recovering from an operation or living with a mental health issue.
But now everyone can also connect with the library online and I was keen to see how Stockport libraries are evolving in the digital age.
You can use your library card to renew your books online, search the library catalogue and access a national library enquiry service.
During my Edgeley visit I took the opportunity to get my library card updated, with the pin number I need to do it all online.
I also found out about the free Borrowbox app to download to your phone or tablet for borrowing e-books and audio-books.
I’m delighted that, despite the huge pressures on council budgets, our libraries are using new technology so we can access the service, wherever we are.
Libraries are at the heart of our communities.
As a window onto what’s going on in our libraries I would really recommend their fantastic Facebook page www.facebook.com/stockportlibraries.
Or of course you could pop into your local library!