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Renovation will be library’s first since 1984

March 16, 2014

SALEM— Salem Public Library patrons can expect some big changes to the atrium, entranceway and children's department this spring as the building expands for the first time since 1984....

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WatchDog

Mar-19-14 4:59 PM

By the way James.

Let me play the Grant card at you:

yap yap yap, you terrible father and man!! LOL

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WatchDog

Mar-19-14 4:57 PM

"But this is Salem and your dealing with a town that is scared to death of change. Still living in the 1950's brain washing game. Those old fashioned ideas have to rein."

Yes indeed James. I am starting to think that too. All it takes is some menace the Grant Dennis and a sassy (education administrator), scared that library might just take away from her pockets and BAM, good ideas go down the drain.

I feel real sorry for this generation of children in Salem when you have that hindering their success for the future they deserve. It is sad. You try and generate the ideas, you are pegged a complainer, sit down and shut up Watchdog.

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JamesAustin

Mar-19-14 5:53 AM

"Unbelievable Watchdog....You want to tear down those bookshelves and disregard children, elderly and disabled because they do very little to impact economic growth."

Shame on those other libraries for putting that idea into watchdog's head. Can I make a suggestion Ms. Educational administrator, you might want to read through those comments again. Yup.

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JamesAustin

Mar-19-14 5:43 AM

We need to get this town moving into technology any way and every way. We are holding back this generation of kids if we don't.

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JamesAustin

Mar-19-14 5:41 AM

Last time I was in the library was 1984. :?

Hate to be a parent buster for the educational administrator on here but I got each of my kids for Christmas couple years ago those kindle e-readers. They are like bookworms now. Oldest daughter, she brought her grades up in school because of it. They don't use the public library. Just a fact. Technology is the future.

Real interesting points there watchdog. I think the town library is missing out on some real advanced ideas. But this is Salem and your dealing with a town that is scared to death of change. Still living in the 1950's brain washing game. Those old fashioned ideas have to rein.

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GrantMingus

Mar-18-14 10:51 PM

Yap, yap, yap.

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WatchDog

Mar-18-14 4:10 PM

sassy46 here is an honest question for you?

Do you think it's high time we educate parents and give them the technology and skills they need to improve the quality of their own life, so they can teach their own children?

Or do you believe that Stephens should do their jobs for them and hand a book to their child?

I would love to hear answers to all these questions I have asked you. I would value a educational administrators answers.

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WatchDog

Mar-18-14 4:02 PM

sassy46 sez: "God forbid anyone ever disagree with you. We all are entitled to our opinions."

Then why didn't you just disagree and offer up another view or opinion on the subject instead of resorting to what we try to teach our children not to do."

Attack, insult or bully people for the fun of it? Again, are you sure you are and Educational administrator? That is interesting.

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WatchDog

Mar-18-14 3:59 PM

"I like the feel of a book compared to gadgets."

My dear sweet friend, nothing will prevent you from still doing that.

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WatchDog

Mar-18-14 3:57 PM

sassy46 sez: "Everyone doesn't embrace technology regularly into their lives, especially many of our elderly citizens."

Now that is a HUGE point. Which begs the question, why are you preventing them from the benefits of what a Community Technology centers can benefit their needs and progress to achieving?

Maybe I should ask you, why YOU want to hinder that progress for them?

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WatchDog

Mar-18-14 3:51 PM

sassy46 sez: "My comments were in response to your disregard for children, those with disabilities, and the elderly."

I will ask you one more time to copy and paste where I said that? If you want to comment or disagree, don't take something I wrote out on context and distort it with as an attempt to use it as a smear tactic.

But then again, maybe that begs to ask the question, is that a normal practice of somebody who claims to be an "educational administrator"?

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sassy46

Mar-17-14 10:03 PM

Watchdog...I am an educational administrator and most certainly support the need to incorporate technology and 21st century skills into nearly every aspect of our lives...including our public and school libraries. However, I also strongly support the need to keep our school and public libraries stocked with literary texts. Everyone doesn't embrace technology regularly into their lives, especially many of our elderly citizens. The library should not focus primarily on adults as you suggested, but should embrace the literary needs of everyone. My comments were in response to your disregard for children, those with disabilities, and the elderly. I would have had no reason to disagree with you otherwise. God forbid anyone ever disagree with you. We all are entitled to our opinions.

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 6:25 PM

Sassy, just one more thing, you are not looking the ideas, YOU are looking at Gran't's pathetic comment and the fact that this come from me. Nothing more, nothing less. Welcome to Salem.

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 6:23 PM

"have exposure to reading and literacy"

Tell me something sassy, do you rely on a library to exposure to reading and literacy or do you rely on our educations system to do this?

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 6:11 PM

Sassy, you want play this game? Here let me ask you this question.

Amazon Kindles, nooks, offer over million books, tell me how Stephens can compete with that?

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 6:05 PM

THIS is not my personal ideas, THIS is what other libraries are doing all this across this nation.

I can't help you are two slow to understand that.

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 6:01 PM

Now if you want to continue to be a two year, go for it.

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 5:59 PM

"I'm with you on this one Grant...still laughing. Just toss anyone who is not an ADULT to the wind.....no reading for children, the disabled, or the elderly"

Copy and paste where I said that.

If you are going to show your stupidity really show it. In the meantime, maybe we need to focus on reading skills, your lack of them.

Yes, sassy the bookshelves come down and the technology goes up. Those books are digitized and saves libraries money and tons of it. Do you know what it cost libraries to keep those books and costs to repair them? It spares us costs, you know, like me and you and Grant.

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WatchDog

Mar-17-14 5:53 PM

sassy46, first of all, if I had said any of that garbage you wrote, I might actually understand your stupid comment.

Now, be a good little citizen, and do your own homework and research and start by learning about why public libraries are in trouble and being voted off of budgets. Then, you learn about why a majority of libraries are going with the Community Technology Center ideas. Then you go read how this idea shores up and strengthens library staffs, guaranteeing their jobs and even bigger staffs because the demand would be there. It gets them more money.

Then you learn about how beneficial this library can be for everyone. The library stays the same, the focus and goal changes. The kids, the elderly and the disabled BENEFIT even more.

When you get done learning that, if you are smart enough to do it, learn how statistics have proven it overall strengthens economies in communities.

Now you climb on Grant's two year old wagon. I don't care.

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sassy46

Mar-17-14 3:36 PM

I'm with you on this one Grant...still laughing. Just toss anyone who is not an ADULT to the wind.....no reading for children, the disabled, or the elderly.

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sassy46

Mar-17-14 11:11 AM

Unbelievable Watchdog....You want to tear down those bookshelves and disregard children, elderly and disabled because they do very little to impact economic growth. It’s not mean you say, it is just a statistical fact. You want to focus on adults and the people that can make an impact on Salem and the change you believe we desperately need. So much for the importance of literacy and children, the future of our community, not to mention making the library a resource for everyone including the disabled and elderly.

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GrantMingus

Mar-17-14 9:13 AM

LOL

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WatchDog

Mar-16-14 3:39 PM

Focus on Adults and the people that can make an impact on Salem and the change we desperately need.

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WatchDog

Mar-16-14 3:38 PM

Half of their vital decisions they make could be done in half the time. Freeing them to move on to other matters.

The ideas that come from that library that could impact this community as a whole would be what educates and inspires the community.

Don’t blow this money. The ideas are endless with a CTC. That library would be busy with patrons non stop.

Tear down those obsolete books shelves that are almost a thing of the past and stop living in the past and move into the future. Stop worrying about hurting the feelings of the older generation book worms. You have to come into the 21st century.

I know there will be somebody out there that will call me in human for saying this. It has to be said and it’s not meant to hurt people, because these three groups can still be accommodated with their educational needs and success.

Children, elderly and disabled do very little to impact economic growth, it’s not mean, it is just a statistical fact.

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WatchDog

Mar-16-14 3:37 PM

This library should be the most vital service this city has to offer that could be making the biggest impact on this community.

You are still focusing on young children, that is so far behind in the times and you should be focusing on ADULTS, Government activities, colleges and high school young adults. Social spaces for students to learn awareness, online experiences, opportunities that drive their creativity, not yours.

Can you not think outside the box? Tear down those bookshelves. Do you know how beneficial this could be just for our own local government?

Do you realize how beneficial this could be for City council? Our biggest problem with our council, they a grid locked with decision that need to be made. Do you realize that if you offered space and meeting room that our council alone could meet at the library when they needed to and have E-GOVERNMENT resources available at their fingertips immediately. The time our Council wastes just trying to legislate?

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