Digital Natives in Magic Valley

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that today's (7/22/06) Library Link of the Day features a newspaper article from The Times-News in Twin Falls, ID. The article's titled "Libraries Adapt to Attract New Generation" and is well-worth a few minutes of your reading time.

With 87 percent of Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 using the Internet for almost everything, librarians are being forced to change their offerings to both keep their older patrons and attract new ones weaned on electronics.

Kudos to Jerome Public Library and Twin Falls Public Library for striving to create Digital Native friendly library spaces. I particularly like the idea of a "Homework Cafe" and "juice bar". By not only refusing to sell food and drinks, but outright banning them from our libraries, we've given over our "third place" cred to places like Barnes & Noble and Starbucks.

What is your library doing to create a "Flight Deck" for teens and Digital Natives?