OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Some things never change. "Charlotte's Web" is still popular, and when the library doors open, people still pour in. Branch Manager Jeanne Damiano explains why.
"They are using libraries more now than they have in the past, and that's primarily due to the economic recession. Books are expensive. We provide books for free," said Damiano.
Also free are the summer reading programs for the small tots. You may be surprised who comes to the library. Daina Elberts is visiting from Iowa.
"I don't have a laptop or a smart phone, and I need to go to the library to do some research online. I look up places to visit here in town. I look up where the buses go since I take the bus around," Elberts said.
Some other adults, like Karen Manis, come here for one reason.
"My kids do. They like to look around at the books and the movies, and see what's new. They like to just kind of explore it," Manis explained.
Even to this day, books are still very popular check out items at libraries, but libraries have had to embrace new technology as well. For instance, a book that you plug your earphones into, listen to it in your car, at home or here at the library. There are other examples of technology in use as well, according to Damiano.
"We have a page on Facebook where we have announcements of our current events. We offer free Internet access. We offer e-books," said Damiano.
Libraries are for everyone. Isabella Flechas visits all the time with her dad.
"We like to read books and all that stuff. I also love the computers," said Isabella.
Perhaps Glenn Green says it best.
"I think they'll be libraries thousands of years from now, almost looking just the same. I think books are forever," said Green.
While libraries have changed with the times, there is one thing that remains exactly the same. If you're late turning in your book, or movie, you still have to pay a small fine.