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Walk around the Hutchinson Public Library in the afternoons and you will see many teens and young adults using our library. We often have a variety of home school students and community college students using our resources. If you stop to think about it though, it makes sense. I think many of the folks who "marvel" at the opportunities provided by the Internet, e-content, smartphones and tablets are people who didn't grow up with them. Those younger people who have grown up in an Internet world see the library / physical materials / librarians as a few of the tools among many options, but tools that are of value nonetheless.
Libraries must evolve to provide the services and resources that people find useful. I think that is happening and I think that the Pew Center study gives us an indication that we are on the right track.