East Texas libraries can learn from nation's most famous library

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A mobile Library of Congress display is in Nacogdoches for the next two days. The free exhibit clearly illustrates how accessible the library is without leaving your home or school.

No matter the assignment, chances are the Library of Congress can help middle school students to adult scholars on their research.

"There's 145 million different pieces," history teacher Laurie Gallant said. "Some of it pop culture. Some of it the historical documents."

It was established in 1800 and clearly it has survived the test of time by staying up with the times.

"The Library of Congress has more than 19 million digitized items available on the web and that's just the tip of the iceberg," tour manager Abigail Van Gelder said. "They're here to be used."

Beats dusty encyclopedias, say a couple young researchers.

The library of congress utilizes modern technology to maintain interest.

It's a lesson for public libraries.

"We are looking at e-books and 3-audio to have that are available for the public," said Nacogdoches Librarian Anne Barker.

Federal, state and sometimes local cutbacks can get in the way of progress.

"When that goes away, one of our staff people will leave us," Barker said.

Thomas Jefferson told John Adams, "I can't live without books." Hopefully, the love of knowledge, whatever form it's presented, will never go away.

"We're going here over the summer and I'm going to see if I can check it out," said student Shaquille Kossie said.

The Library of Congress mobile display will be at McMichael Middle School tomorrow. It's free to the public.

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