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Celebrating Books, Learning

KSAL StaffMay 7, 2014

As the digital wave continues to wash into every area of life, staff at the Salina Public Library have embraced new technology and kept a human touch in helping patrons gain knowledge.

Library Director Joe McKenzie tells KSAL News that one- on -one help is just part of their day, “A lot of our techs are helping with tablets, smatphones, Kindles and E-readers,” he said.

The technology department gained a foothold – and a space of its own at the library back in 2005 McKenzie added.

The printed word on a page is also holding its own, “Books and reading are very popular,” he said.

“We still get a thousand new items into the collection every month. That includes video games, DVD, audio tapes but a majority of it is books.”

McKenzie notes that sometimes late fees can discourage patrons from coming back in, so a new program called “Read Down Your Fines,” is beginning for children who are 17-years-old and younger. Fines can be whittled away by simply reading inside a designated area in the Youth’s Services Department.

McKenzie says, “For every 15-minutes of reading, kids can take a $1 off their fine.”

Book House

Salina Public Library Director Joe Mckenzie also says it’s time for Salinans to “Take a Book and Return a Book.” The program celebrates reading by putting books in little houses for neighbors to enjoy by taking a giving a book back.

One of the book houses can be found on the campus at Kansas Wesleyan University, while a second is near the Spray Park at Jerry Ivey.

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