Well, the library system has hit a new low.
Libraries Turn Up the Noise, Draw Teens
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Libraries in southeastern Michigan are turning the page on peace and quiet.
Video game events at public libraries are drawing crowds of teens, including about 100 competing monthly at "Guitar Hero" at the Rochester Hills Public Library.
What a time waster. I found the reasoning behind these events the same that drives the dumbing down trend at schools.
"Getting teens to come to the library is right up there with getting them to go to church: It's not exactly the first place they want to go," Christine Lind Hage, library director, told the Detroit Free Press for a story Sunday.
How do the teens benefit from going to the library if they are not reading good books at the library?
"It's a big social event," said Stephanie Jaczkowski, 17. "I've met a lot of friends there, and they're really good friends."
The Canton Public Library six months ago began offering games and holding monthly tournaments for Nintendo Wii bowling and "Super Smash Bros."
It comes back to how you measure success. They are measuring success by the number of teens who visit the library, as if standing in a building with a lot of books will somehow lead to a love of reading by osmosis. That is as useful as sleeping with a dictionary under you pillow to increase your vocabulary.
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