Friday, September 4, 2009

A library without the books

Not sure what I think about this, but I'm pretty sure I think it is a bad idea. I've read stories in the last few months about eliminating cursive handwriting and now eliminating books. Are we setting the stage for an illiterate generation?

ASHBURNHAM - There are rolling hills and ivy-covered brick buildings. There are small classrooms, high-tech labs, and well-manicured fields. There’s even a clock tower with a massive bell that rings for special events.

Cushing Academy has all the hallmarks of a New England prep school, with one exception.

This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old school no longer needs a traditional library. The academy’s administrators have decided to discard all their books and have given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks - the classics, novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital.

A library without the books - The Boston Globe

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