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Published February 03, 2014, 09:41 PM

Technology is changing even the way we take a "trip to the library"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It wasn't that long ago that all of us had to physically walk in the public library to check out a book.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It wasn't that long ago that all of us had to physically walk in the public library to check out a book.

But as technology has changed, so has the "trip to the library."

On Monday mornings at the downtown Fargo Public Library, it is a magnet for young parents and their children.

And while many still check out books for their kids, technology has dramatically changed how we get books at the library.

You can now use your Ipad, phone or other devices to simply download an E-book, many, current best sellers.

Ben Daeuber/Fargo Public Library – Electronic Resources: “When we went live in 2010, we went from nothing to 10,000 books a year.”

Most recently, the library has tracked just over 3000 a month.

That part of the nearly one million items checked out from Fargo libraries this past year.

While circulation nationwide is down, special events are up like authors or classes, or this special Olympics reading contest, this as libraries reinvent themselves for the ever changing consumer.

Take a look on line or on the wall. The three Fargo Public Library locations have events going every day somewhere. And the library is partnering with agencies and civic groups to schedule many events for adults and children.

Tim Dirks/Fargo Public Library-Director: “We are luck as an organization to have creative people on staff, it is more like letting them flourish, based on what the come up with for adult and children's programming.”

Hawthorne and Salinger would likely shake their heads in disbelief, A best seller, for free, ordered on a phone, and read on a hand held screen.

There are plans for additional meeting room space for special events at the Northport branch of the Fargo Public Library.

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