Marianna- Some people believe new technology like Kindles and iPads have made libraries and books obsolete. But, the Jackson County Library has been working hard to keep up with the times and stay relevant.
Jackson County Library Director, Jerry Keiser has been trying to carve out a niche for the library. "It's all about focus, you can't be everything" he told us. And he said they had one focus, "books- to the people."
With people now being able to download books with the touch of a button, Keiser realized the library had to offer something technology couldn't- atmosphere.
"When you go into Barnes and Noble up north, where I'm from, it's like, people just 'are'. It's nice and friendly. And I'm, like, 'why are you here?' The library's free. So I've been trying to work that into my library world" Keiser explained.
That's why he and his staff spent last week making updates. In addition to reorganizing, throwing out old books and ordering new ones, the library also expanded their children's center. And, they've already gained a fan.
Three year old Aryanna Hickox and her mom, April Woodham have been visiting the library every week for some time now. Friday was their first time to check out the new spot.
"It was a big surprise for her because she usually just runs in and knows exactly where to go and today she went slow" Woodham said of Aryanna's first visit.
Woodham told us the expanded space was nice for moms who had tots on the move. "Sometimes she likes to run off so it's easier this way. In a bigger area I can keep up with her a lot easier" she said.
And other avid readers told us they were also pleased with the new look. "When I found out it was open Monday, I came in because I was real excited to see what it was like" said visitor, Debbie Giles.
Keiser said the library also ordered e-books, DVD's and magazines.