Books seem an afterthought. We had libraries expand into videos, competing with private sector companies like Blockbuster--now bankrupt. Libraries branched out to include computers. Videos now stream on most people's personal PCs, iPads, or maybe even their phones.
Then there are ebooks. The classics can be had for pennies.
So what's a library's latest pitch to remain relevant? Allowing people to sleep there.
And in a time of crushing fiscal burdens, as home prices drop and taxes relentlessly rise, we are paying for hefty salaries and benefits for library employees, as books molder on the shelves.