Pine River Library faces uncertain future

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Pine River Library faces uncertain future

More cuts coming if library doesn't secure funding
Pine River Library director Shelly Walchak said she and her staff were devastated when a ballot measure to increase funding at the library failed in 2018.
A program for parents and children takes place at Pine River Library in 2013.
Remember, you can use the library for digital checkouts, too

Director of the Pine River Library, Shelley Walchak, said that even though 39 percent of library book checkouts are digital, they always hear from someone with a library card that they didn't realize they can get most digital content for free.

In 2018, libraries across the nation collectively surpassed 1 billion digital checkouts despite the claim that digital content would be the downfall of libraries. EBook and audiobook checkouts started off slow, but with the widespread adoption of digital files and mobile apps, digital checkouts took off over the past six years.

A monthly Audible subscription costs $14.95 per month. Google Play audiobooks are often discounted, but current top sellers cost the same price as a monthly Audible membership. Popular Amazon eBooks cost around $5 to $15. Considering that audiobooks and eBooks live in the nebulous cloud and not on a physical bookshelf, does it matter if you own the digital file? Audiobooks and eReaders can be checked out by anyone with a library card from an app for free using the system OneDrive.

Walchak said their digital services manager offers free one-on-one help with downloading digital content on personal phones or computers for anyone who needs it. Patrons can also digitize photos, slides and old VCR tapes at the library.

Here are some other items you can get at the library for free: magazines and newspapers, periodicals for research, wi-fi, foreign language classes, job help, access to genealogy programs like Ancestry.com, books for parents, access to auto repair databases and notary services.

The Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Dr., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and is closed Sundays.

Jessie O'Brien

Pine River Library faces uncertain future

Pine River Library director Shelly Walchak said she and her staff were devastated when a ballot measure to increase funding at the library failed in 2018.
A program for parents and children takes place at Pine River Library in 2013.
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