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Public Libraries Sparking New Interests

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The balance between picking up a book and staying ahead with developing technology is something we all struggle with. But, perhaps, none more than our local libraries. A national research survey by pew shows most people still want to check out books. While at the same time. They're considering library to be more of a community area, and somewhere to use technology.

Sarah Witt- International Games Day Participant: "I brought my kids here to play games." Sarah Witt is enjoying not having to pick up all the little pieces that come with a board game. Sarah Nelson- International Games Day Coordinator: "It's international games day" Libraries all across the world are hosting this day of family fun.

Witt: "At least once a week we try to come." The Witt family comes to read, Rent video games, and just hangout. Witt: "It's definitely come a long way." Sarah has seen the library start a new chapter. Witt: "I used to listen to books on tape, and now it's books on CS's." And spark new interests. Witt: "They have advanced with technology, I mean I see e-books all the time that people can check out, it's nice that they have games, it's much more kid friendly."

And even with all the new changes. Nelson: "There's still a lot of books checking out."

Haley is enjoying a game on monopoly, but she also loves reading. Haley Scheek- International Game Day: "I have a tablet at home, and I read books on that too." And even with the digital world. Scheek: "I don't think that less people read, I think that the same amount of people read."

But, Sarah disagrees. Witt: "I make it a point to make sure the kids are reading." She thinks reading has taken a back seat. Witt: "There is a lot more watching movies and listening to music, and playing a lot more games then there is reading." The library is still scanning barcodes, but on games, movies, and e-books too.

Nelson: "Not just story times or things like that, but activities, and sort of intergenerational programs."Sounding out a whole new generation.

The Fargo public library has 1650,000 books to check out, but they also have public access to computers, wireless internet, and 10,000 DVD's.

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