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F&M Trust donation to Library increases e-book selection

From left to right: Mark Miller, Development Specialist – Franklin County Library System, holds an e-book reader, while Bernice Crouse, Executive Director – Franklin County Library System, accepts a check from Ken Ditzler, Senior Vice President – F&M Trust(CHAMBERSBURG) A charitable contribution from F&M Trust will enable the Franklin County Library system to increase their offering of e-books.

The bank’s $1500 contribution helps the library keep up with technology, and meet the needs of patrons, who in a recent survey, identified an increased selection of e-books as high on their list of priorities.

“The growth of e-readers - Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and iPhones - has just been explosive in the last couple of years,” noted Mark Miller, development specialist – Franklin County Library System. “Due to tight budgets, the library has not been able to keep up with the demand from our patrons for this new technology.”

In the fall of 2011, the Franklin County Library System rolled out e-books via their website. Today, they have more than 1300 downloads of a very limited number of titles.  Anyone with a library card can access e-books from the library website.

Franklin County public libraries began nearly 100 years ago when Blanche Coyle and others committed funds to establish what has grown to become the Franklin County Library System. The system currently encompasses seven libraries and two bookmobiles, with a collection of nearly one million items. Last year more than 300,000 visits were made to the library website, and libraries and bookmobiles host an average of more than 30,000 visitors per month.

“With the rise of the internet, many have questioned the timeliness of our libraries and whether they are still important. Libraries are more important than ever,” commented Bernice Crouse, Executive Director. “While once the high cost of books limited public access to knowledge, today that availability is limited not just by cost of books, but also the cost of computers, internet access, and the ability to navigate the seemingly endless amount of information.”

Today’s libraries are no longer storehouses of old books, but rather dynamic gateways to a world of information in all forms. From books and newspapers, to the internet and databases, public libraries are the singular free access point to information.