Jane Golden, chair of the Board of Trustees, remarks, "I think it's going to shed a new light on why libraries are here to stay. It's not just the books, but it's a gathering place."
That being said, the Channel 6 news report prefers to emphasize the books over gathering places in its visual presentation. For example, there's no "WOW" factor in the background during 2 interviews with Marketing Coordinator Jeni Daley. (0:28-0:40 and 0:55-1:06)
Two sections of book shelving, ready for their close-ups.
But the reality is that library users are still checking out lots of physical units; books, movies DVDs, music on CDs, audiobooks, etc. I suspect the numbers in Kansas aren't that different from what's reported in the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.
But I suspect this column graph will look much different 10 years from now, if not sooner.
Big turnout at opening of new Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library. (7/30/2014)