Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Sunday, February 5

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

Book Club
« Bookmarks Chicagoland Bestseller List for Week Ending Sunday, Jan. 10 »

News Thu Jan 14 2010

Do You Use the Library?

"You may read about how many ebook readers are coming out now -- but we've been offering downloadable collections for years. Did you get a new smartphone? Many libraries offer sites optimized for mobile users, offer answers via text message, and have even created apps for user convenience. We've become a proving ground for new technologies, and those who know us look to librarians for instruction and advice on a variety of digital tools."

Toby Greenwalt, a librarian at the Skokie Public Library, recognizes the gap between regular library users and those who never set foot inside a library. If you are a non-library user, Greenwalt wants to know how libraries can prove their value to you. Read and comment.

GB store

Terry Boyd / January 15, 2010 10:19 AM

I'm a huge fan of libraries. Always have been. And now their websites allow you to order books online. So whenever I hear of a new book, I just add it to my list. I also see that eBooks are popping up on the Chicago Public Library's site as a format you can order.

Toby Greenwalt / January 15, 2010 11:18 AM

Thanks for helping to get the word out, Alice. I'm certainly interested in hearing as many insights as possible. Please spread the word.

Lindsay / January 22, 2010 10:14 AM

I love the library, but I often forget to take advantage of it. And I love what CPL has done to their website, with added functionality and online renewing, but I dislike that if you have a fine of $0.10, you cannot pay it online and you cannot reserve a book.

I would like to be able to create a reading list online and pay fines online and change my address! I have tried to go to a branch, but the one near my house is under construction and it just isn't all that convenient to go to another location (or I don't think to do it).

All this probably doesn't apply to Skokie, but I think that if library websites were more fun and interactive (social media?) or included things like a clickable GB Bookclub reading list, I'd find myself taking the time to go to another branch.

So my laziness plus library's out-of-date-ness means I don't go nearly as often as I should.

GB store
Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk, Chicago's ecclectic monthly reading series.
GB store



About GB Book Club

Book Club is the literary section of Gapers Block, covering Chicago's authors, poets and literary events. More...

Editor: Andrew Huff,
Book Club staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15