Reva Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead
(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – Libraries are no longer just for housing for dusty books and forgotten shelves, they have adapted to become central gathering places for communities.
The LRHS library has recently undergone several renovations to keep up with the times. For example, a new section for Manga Books has been added and the Dewey Decimal System has been replaced with an on-line catalog.
Media specialist Jill Mullins said, “I encourage all Mustangs to stop by the library more often and check out books.”
Libraries also have plenty of resources available for people to use. At the Ranch all online resources are available on the Destiny App where Mustangs can place books on hold and check their school fines.
For the libraries outside of the Ranch, students with a Manatee County Library card have plenty of resources available here.
One virtual study tool is Learning Express. Learning Express provides studying materials and practice tests for the SAT, ACT, school entrance exams, and citizenship tests.
Mango Languages is another such learning tool that provides access to over 70 languages.
Libraries also circulate telescopes, tools, kitchen supplies, and toys for children.
Braden River Library employee Molly Saunders stated, “For many people, the library is the only source to internet access, which is absolutely vital in the 21 century.”
Libraries are constantly evolving to cater to the needs of their visitors. Over the last decade, there have been many additions to the technology resources of the library to keep up with the changing times.