Beyond funding, libraries face the challenge of how to stay relevant. Studies show Americans are reading less. Convenient websites offer books at bargain prices, and as broadband becomes more accessible throughout the state, fewer people rely on libraries to get to those websites in the first place.
But for those who visit and work at the state’s many libraries, they still serve an important role.
VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with Vermont Sate Libriarian Sybill McShane and Lisa Von Kann, Livrary Director of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum about the challenges facing libraries across the state.