Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2017

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18 Hudson Valley Parent n January 2017 Hooked on learning Libraries all across the Hudson Valley - be they urban, suburban, or rural - are experiencing similar booms. The reasons have to do with a rethinking of the role of the library in the 21st Century, which, ironical- ly, begins with the role of the library in the 19th Century. Many cities in the 1800's boasted a facility known as an athenaeum - libraries that also housed art collec- tions, hosted lectures, held music lessons, and served as a place for community discussions. The empha- sis wasn't so much on books them- selves as it was the acquisition of knowledge and new skills, access to equipment, and the opportunity to better oneself alongside one's peers. Although many people today have access to endless books and informa- tion on their smartphones, the Inter- net can't provide context and social opportunities, or ways of learning that don't involve reading. That's where libraries today come in. "I think like most libraries, we've realized that while books are always NEW HACKENSACK NURSERY SCHOOL "We encourage, nurture, and teach... ey explore, learn, and fl ourish! OPEN HOUSE - January 18 6:30-7:30 Snow Date: January 19 PROGRAMS FOR AGES 3 & 4 Come explore the classrooms with your child & meet the teachers! 1580 Rte. 376 • Wappingers Falls 845-462-0810, ext. 3 Like Us On LIBRARY (Continued from Page 17) "These programs have to be fun, ultimately. But it's something where kids are learning skills that will be helpful for them in the future economy." LIZ POTTER Director of the Phoenicia Library SEND YOUR CHILD TO SUMMER CAMP FREE! (QWHUIRU\RXUFKDQFHWRZLQ DFHUWLÀFDWHWRZDUGVVXPPHUFDPS &RQWHVWEHJLQV0DUFKWK S U M M E R C A M P S W E E P S T A K E S 6SRQVRUHGE\

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