Paper books to share shelf space with new digital additions to Caldwell Library

Caldwell, Texas (KBTX) – There’s nothing quite like opening a new book and flipping through its pages, but a library in Caldwell is looking to bring books into the digital world.

The Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library is adding several new digital additions to its library; 16,500 titles, 4,300 audiobooks and 3,500 magazines to be exact. But they won’t be paperbacks or hardcovers, but rather in the digital department. This move will eventually double their collection overnight.

Mother and frequent library member Mireya Mulligan said she visits the Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library several times a week with her children because she believes it is a fundamental place for them to learn. correctly. Although libraries around the world are transforming into an all-digital space, she fears her children won’t have the experience of the traditional library for much longer.

“Honestly, it freaks me out a bit,” Mulligan said. “The idea that my kids won’t have access to physical books that they can love and keep to themselves…It’s sad and truly a tragedy.”

But, there is no reason to worry. The library’s community services manager, Heidi Frazier, said that even with the addition of digital materials, the primary focus will still be to give the community a typical tangible library experience.

“Reading a printed book is an experience. The cover, the artwork, the font, the paper… It’s all very, very important,” Frazier said. “So like I said, I think there’s a place for digital media. But I don’t think it’s going to replace collections.

Frazier said the main reason they add digital options is so the library can be more accessible to community members. With more digital options, they hope to reach people who haven’t been in 5 or 10 years.

The Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library’s digital books, magazines and audiobooks will launch on May 1.

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