Libraries can still draw a crowd

Good News from Indiana, where In 2006, library patrons checked out nearly 450,000 books and close to 650,000 audio-visual materials, including books on tape, CDs, DVDs and videos, Nilles said. Forty years earlier, in 1965 (a year after Kennedy Library opened), Muncie Public Library (MPL) circulated about 425,000 books and nearly 11,000 audio-visual materials.

"Libraries today are like your extra living room," said Christy Ragle, public relations coordinator for the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. "They're community centers, meeting places, the places where anyone can go -- for free -- to hang out."