Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Library Without Books


Can you imagine a library without books?

Apparently one prep school in the Boston area thinks they can be cutting edge by getting rid of the 20,000 books in their library and replacing them with 18 electronic readers (Kindle and Sony), 3 flat screen tvs connected to the internet and a coffee shop where the reference desk used to be. Excuse me for being antiquated, but this vision of the future is freaking me out.

I'm glad my kids don't go to school there.

Welcome to the Future Library

16 comments:

Kelly said...

Whaaat?! That is ridiculous!!!

Lazy Writer said...

Okay, that really freaks me out, too! What is the world coming to?

Lisa and Laura said...

Ok, that makes me sad. I don't think books will ever be extinct. I love my kindle, but there's something about an actual book. I'll never be able to totally give them up.

Carrie Harris said...

Um... it might work. If they had only 18 kids in the school. And don't ever want to read anything that isn't available in an electronic version.

Maybe they figure they if they feed the kids enough coffee, they won't notice that the books are gone.

Kelly H-Y said...

YIKES!!!!!!

storyqueen said...

Makes me want to cry.


Shelley

Tess said...

Is this really true? Is Alan Funt (isn't that the old Candid Camera guy?) lurking in the shadows somewhere? That's surreal!

Casey McCormick said...

I'm so freaked out, I had to tweet this! I'm not ready for this particular aspect of the future.

Corey Schwartz said...

Egads! That is HIGHLY disturbing!

Shelli said...

yuk!

PJ Hoover said...

OMG, I wish you were kidding.

Vivian said...

So sad. Can't believe this will work.

beckylevine said...

Oh, no. I'm not saying e-readers are all bad, but EIGHTEEN???!!!! Yeah, that's encouraging lots of kids to come in and read.

Sheesh.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Kelly: Pretty bizarre, huh?

Susan: Beyond freaky!

LiLa: I'll never give up my books either.

Carrie: That's the most bizarre part. At least spend more on the electronic readers instead of a coffee shop!

Kelly H-Y: Yikes is right!

StoryQueen: I wonder if the parents are crying?

Tess: No Alan Funt. This is real.

Casey: Future's pretty scary, huh?

Corey: Even more disturbing when you realize they're spending $12K on an espresso machine instead of more stuff for students to read!

Shelli: Agreed.

PJ: I wish it was a joke, too!

Vivian: I'm kind of hoping it doesn't work...

Becky: Yeah, at the least they need to have more readers available!

Silver said...

What a shame! Nothing like flipping a book..smell the pages..

~Silver
Reflections

Mim said...

That is so sad. It would make more sense to me if they got a reader for every student, but only 18. It seems like they don't think their students read anymore. Come on! Get with it, It's a freakin' school!

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