Dewey (1851-1931) was a librarian who was immensely influential in organizing libraries, by establishing the Dewey Decimal System. This system of organizing books has really opened up the field of research and made it so easy to narrow in on your area of interest and find the information you need.
Well, times have changed! We have e-readers, and Google. What more do we need in order to read and research? So the libraries are changing their focus. In fact, our library has changed its name. It is now "Ideas Unlimited".
This month, there is gardening, knitting, gaming, rock band instruments, and a painting competition, to name a few activities. There certainly are 'ideas unlimited'. And there have been very creative ways to attract the youth. The building seems to be taking on the role of a community centre. Sometimes it seems to be a free internet cafe- or just a place to hang out.
The library has purchased another large building downtown, where I am told, the focus will be on technology. The 'big thing' will be 3D printers.
For this reason, for the past ten years, I have been promoting the idea of a book club in every branch of the library. Three years ago, I was delighted to be involved in starting a book club at my local branch. And this year, I am ecstatic to see that there are now five book clubs in our library system.
"Ideas Unlimited" has certainly attempted to keep up with the times. Let's not forget the focus of the past and keep the emphasis on reading and learning!