Illustrated computer with books on screen

Libraries are leaping into the future with technological advances.

If it’s hard for you to make time to get to the library, you’ll be happy to learn about the massive amount of material you can borrow online anywhere, any time.

The digital branch of the library is available free of charge with just a library card number. The library makes that convenient too: Once you’ve gone into the library with a photo ID to get a card, you can renew over the phone or online.

Among the materials available to borrow are books, comic books, animated picture books, language lessons, movies, TV shows, and genealogical materials. There are 40 different music lessons ranging from banjo to cello to voice. Any magazine you could imagine being in a grocery store can be borrowed. There’s also a system where you can stream music for five hours each day or download three songs a week to keep. All digital materials aside from music downloads conveniently return themselves on the due date.

“The goal of this system is to meet readers wherever they are,” says library Director Sarah Palfrey. If you can’t get to the library during service hours, you can still experience literature whenever you want to in any format you want. This technology is here now, she says, and absolutely anyone can find something they want to read. The library is always evolving and has never stopped.

Written and illustrated by Jenny Corona.

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Jenny Corona
Written by Jenny Corona
New South Media summer 2019 intern Jenny Corona was raised in both Wheeling, West Virginia, and New York City. She is studying interactive design for media at West Virginia University and is interested in all kinds of art, media production, and creative writing. She practices photography, music, and illustration in her spare time and dreams of one day traveling the world. She has her own apartment with her pet parakeet, Banana.