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Library use booming

It seems that because of the economy, a href=”http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/01/04/check_it_out/”library use /ais booming (via a href=”http://nalert.blogspot.com/2009/01/library-use-is-booming.html”Newsalert/a):br /br /blockquoteIn the fast-paced, instant message, Internet era, public libraries have often struggled for attention from patrons. But with the economy sputtering, unemployment rising, and no relief in sight, Massachusetts libraries, long the victim of budget cuts, are busier than ever before, said Robert Maier, director of the state Board of Library Commissioners.br /br /Attendance is surging. Check-out rates are soaring. At some libraries, circulation – the number of items checked out in a given month – is up as much as 33 percent since last summer. And for the unemployed, libraries have become something like an office, with computers, Internet access, and even classes that teach how to write a r??sum?? and peddle it online. In a tough time, it seems, people are returning to a place where whispering trumps shouting and no credit card is necessary. At the library, just about everything is free…..br /br /And without the library, Kathleen Foster, a mother of two, would still be spending a lot of money on books.br /br /”In the past, I would take the girls to Borders, or Barnes Noble, and let them pick out a book,” said Foster one day last week, walking the aisles of the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy with her daughters, Abigail, 8, and Clare, 6. “I just don’t do that now. We come here instead.” /blockquotebr /br /So, I wonder if book sales are down at Borders or Barnes Noble as a result? I read recently that a href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2008/12/26/2008-12-26_amazoncoms_best_holiday_sales_ever.html”Amazon sales are up,/a but then, they a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Ftag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″sell much more than books./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /