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Escape the Ordinary through Technology

This summer the adult program theme here at Lower Macungie Library is Escape the Ordinary.  Throughout the summer, this blog will follow this theme with a series of posts relating to this in various ways.  One running theme that will keep popping up is escaping the “ordinary” concept of the library.  Last week’s blog looked at this with two really different types of libraries.  This week we’ll look at how technology can give a fresh, new perspective on books.

Technology is in every aspect of life today, especially with the constant growth of social media.  While some people point to this fact to show how books and libraries will become outdated, some forward thinking minds have decided to use various technological outlets to embrace books, intertwining the old with the new.

One woman decided to use her commute on the subway to ask strangers “what they are reading and why.”  This turned into Subway Book Reviews, “book reviews with strangers on the subway.”  Uli Beutter Cohen uses Instagram to post pictures of her fellow subway riders with their books, and their reviews.

Twitter is one media platform that seems to have everything and everyone.  One great example of this is the various Hashtags that exist.  Scholastic harnessed the power of the Hashtag to promote their annual “I read YA Week,” which is this week!  Hundreds of users have tweeted their #ireadYA responses about why they read young adult books; answers range from the honest, to the witty, to the frank “#IreadYA because why not?”

Lower Macungie Library challenges you to escape the ordinary concept of dusty books and traditional libraries.  Tell us what technology you like most, or would like to see us use.  We embrace the unordinary!

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