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Courtesy of Natalie Bernstein

We hear so much about the short attention spans of children and the death of the book. Some say that the archaic form of reading has been replaced by Kindles or iPads.

That’s not really the case, though.

Natalie Bernstein is elementary school librarian at Druid Hills' Paideia School  in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s preparing for the first day of school this Wednesday, and she took some time to speak with Lois Reitzes about children’s literature and how children cherish reading.

DeKalb Libraries May Be Facing Huge Funding Cuts

Feb 14, 2017
According to petitioners, East Cobb is the second busiest out of the 16 libraries in Cobb County.
Alison Guillory / WABE

DeKalb County's library system could lose more than half its funding for new books and supplies.

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Last year, libraries got $1.1 million for supplies. This year, the system is looking at $440,000.

Sara Fountain, chair of DeKalb County Public Library's board of trustees, says the cut would be damaging.

"A lot of people who use the library don't have the financial resources to access certain materials," Fountain says. "And so it's a critical need for our community."

Edward Lear, Two letters to August (“Gussie”) Bethell, with self-caricatures on first and third pages, December 12, 1881
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Fans of English and American literature have a lot of new material to read. Though when we say "new," there is a bit of a caveat there.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas spent the last year digitizing some of their collections and making them available online in what they call "Project REVEAL." The collections contain thousands of pages of original source material from many well-known authors such as L Frank Baum, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad to name just a few.

Bookworms Get Ready: Atlanta-Fulton Libraries Go High Tech

Apr 17, 2015
The Grand Opening of the new Wolf Creek Branch was held on September 8, 2014.
Atlanta-Fulton County Library System

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is not your grandparent’s library. The city’s library system offers so much more than books these days.

The library recently dived into the digital age, partnering with hoopla digital to offer online and mobile access to thousands of free movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks to its patrons.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners also restored full funding for the library in its 2015 budget, allowing the AFPLS to return to 2013 hours of full operation on April 1.

Atlanta Fulton Public Library System

The proposed Fulton County budget for the next fiscal year includes more than $50 million in cuts…with $7 million coming from the library system.

Fulton County currently has eight new libraries in the planning stages or already under construction.

District Three Commissioner Liz Hausmann says that means some libraries will need to close or cut back on hours, and staff will have to be consolidated.