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Yakima's Downtown Library Changes with Technology

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YAKIMA, Wash--- The sounds at the library are changing. No longer just hushed whispers and stacking books. Modern technology is ever present.

"If you have a library card you can access all of the library, most of the library, database right from your home computer," said Clara Eustis, Yakima Branch Manager, Yakima Valley Regional Library.

As technology has advanced the library has kept pace. You can access the Internet, listen to audio books or look up magazine and newspaper archives.

But, still plenty head to the library to escape with a good book. People of all ages.

"I still like to have a good book in hand," said Eustis.

As Yakima has grown so has library membership. When the new building was opened in 1959 around 36 thousand people had library cards. That number has tripled to more than 117 thousand in 2008.

"There are people waiting outside our doors every morning and they just pour in," said Eustis.

Eustis said it took 50 years to remodel the first library. So she's hoping they'll see another remodel soon. They have stacks of books to store and high demand for even more computers.