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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:00 pm

When I was young and lived in Ridgecrest, I could not wait for the Kern County Bookmobile to come every three weeks to my school.

Later, a new library building was built full of books for me to check out any time I wanted. As I think back, that whole library would fit in my current home in Lodi.

What a blessing to have the Lodi Public Library on Locust Street just waiting for me and anyone else in the area to use. Since the refurbishment has been completed, the library is such a delight - as long as you turn left inside the new doors. If you turn right, it is still 30-year-old orange carpet, shelves not retrofitted against earthquakes, and many other things.

The Lodi Library Foundation Board is working hard to raise the money to finish the project and complete the building's planned facelift. The project needs the help of everyone who uses the library. The Foundation's annual dinner, An Evening at the Library - the Art of Storytelling, will be held Sept. 26. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the donations from this dinner could enable the Foundation Board to complete the job that has been started?

The Lodi Public Library is for everyone in the community. It needs your help and support to make it a place where everyone feels welcome among its many stacks of books. Even if you cannot attend the dinner event, you can help with your donation of money, time or talent to make our library an even more welcoming place to read, learn, meet and share ideas!

Helen Gross


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  • posted at 8:50 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    There's more, anniejo:During my youngest child's last year at Lodi High School, she never once needed the Lodi Public Library. Her Senior Project, along with myriad other projects and homework were completed through the use of the school's resources and the computer that I am now using to write this response. Printers are cheap; virtually every periodical (including the Lodi News-Sentinel) has an online edition. The newsprint version is having a difficult time staying alive.Starting a business, you say? All of the applications and supporting information to do that can be done through the use of fillable pdf forms transmitted by either online application receiving websites or e-mail accounts. Even cellular phones offer access to virtually all the information that was heretofore limited to access via dial-up modem 15 years ago.I admire you and respect your passion for libraries; and I am also saddened for all of us. But the only way that they can survive is if their purpose changes. But do you know how much a first-release book costs to download to a Kindle? $9.99. And many are absolutely free.Thanks for the offer, but I don't really need a tour.

  • posted at 8:45 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    JRK said: "I haven't been hiding anywhere..."This could be the understatement of the millenium.

  • posted at 8:31 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    I haven't been hiding anywhere, anniejo. But facts are facts. More and more households are equipped with personal computers (even those with many unemployed people needing to file online job applications); I don't know of any schools now that don't have at least one computer lab; EDD and private employment agencies permit folks to use their computers for job searching and resume-building as well. The list goes on and on.The point is that the Internet is making these institutions obsolete. And while taxes are going up in order to fund overwhelming social(ist) programs, these sad relics will need to be cut from city and county budgets.Just how many households keep a copy of the World Book or Britannica encyclopedia? When I was younger, not only did most homes have these treasured volumes, but they paid the fee to purchase each year's yearly update. What reference materials are kept by current public libraries that the information contained therein cannot be accessed quickly and efficiently through the use of Google?No, as much as I love reading (which I do) and keeping libraries alive (which I also would love to see), they can't be sustained.

  • posted at 8:12 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    Inquisitor, You have not been inquisitive enough or you would know better. See my comments to Mr. Kinderman.I count you both, along with gray cloud, among the acutely misinformed. I'll take all three of you a tour. Have a good look and the revise your comments.

  • posted at 8:06 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    Oh, Mr. Kinderman - where have you been hiding? The Lodi Library houses a first-class information center where the kids go for research because the school libraries are ill-equipped, understaffed and not open after school. Learn English, learn to read, get help in starting a small business. Need a place to hold a group meeting or send or receive email to Iraq? Need to file an online job application, but you have no computer?Over 1000 people a day use YOUR library.I'll gladly meet you and give you a tour of what you are missing.

  • posted at 7:44 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    I suppose they may be useful for fiction for those who like to go through books frequently and don't care about how current they are. Google Books has plenty of volumes to peruse for free.

  • posted at 3:58 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    There will always be libraries. Without them there would be no place to go for wino's to sleep, the homeless to get out of the weather, and those too cheap to subscribe to a newspaper.

  • posted at 1:29 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    While I share Ms. Gross' love of books, reading and libraries, the Internet has nearly all but obliterated the need for buildings to house these items. Unless true reform comes along to salvage free libraries, they will fade into obscurity, and relatively soon.Along with accessing virtually every printed document via one's personal computer, e-books are catching on quickly. Just how convenient is it to be able to think of something that would be interesting to read and less than 45 seconds later it magically appears on one of these devices RTR (Ready to Read); and for an incredibly reduced price over hard copy?Yes, the odors and ambiance that accompanies libraries as well as bookstores do not accompany these literary treasures as they are instantly downloaded to our Kindles and computers, but who's to say that soon they won't come up with a way to replicate that part of the joy of reading? After all, that "new car smell" has been bottled for a long time now.No, what has become one of Ben Franklin's most treasured inventions may very well soon come to an end; and no amount of superficial face-lifting will save it.


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