continued The popularity of ebooks and the Internet — long prophesized as the two technological wonders that will eventually wipe out community libraries — has not hurt the patronage at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library. Auclair says the number of people who use the library may actually be up from nine years ago.
It seems technology is working in the library’s favor. The reason? The price. Although people want to use the Internet, not everyone has the ability to pay for the hardware and online access.
“A lot of people come in to use the public access computers and almost an equal number of people come in to use our Wi-Fi network,” Auclair said.
Yet a lot of people are still using the Tupper Lake library for its original purpose: to borrow books to read. And that’s exactly what Auclair will be doing during her retirement, when she’s not traveling, playing the piano, gardening, cross-country skiing and living the life of leisure.