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Friday, November 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Libraries more popular than Netflix for DVD rentals in US.
Online DVD rental websites like Netflix may be extremely popular, spelling doom for video rental stores, but it turns out that local libraries are still top dog for loaning out DVDs according to a recent survey by the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC).
The study found that while people rent two million DVDs from Netflix every day, over 2.1 million borrow DVDs from US libraries on a daily basis. It turns out libraries are far from dead after all. In fact, the next best thing to Netflix in the US, Redbox, only rents out 1.4 million DVDs a day, giving public libraries a significant edge.
One reason for the substantial volume of DVD loans from libraries is that the video catalogue has more than doubled over the past ten years. In 1999 there were 73.5 DVDs and VHS tapes per thousand people, while in 2008 that figure has jumped to 166.7 per thousand.
Another reason may be the tightening of belts as people lost jobs or received pay cuts during the recession. Many Americans may have chosen to get a DVD for free from their library rather than pay Netflix cash for it.
However, film buffs are more likely to find modern movies and TV shows on Netflix, which has a larger collection of material to offer, numbering in the thousands.
Meanwhile British DVD rental service Lovefilm has signed an agreement with US-based Widevine. The deal will see Widevine take over Lovefilm's digital rights management and video optimisation in efforts to deliver more content to a larger number of devices. This will give users increased access to Lovefilm's rental collection and may help to increase its 1.4 million subscriber base.
Last we checked UK libraries offer DVD rentals. But in recent times, after major spending cuts, we're not 100 percent sure if libraries still exist.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Upcoming events at the GPL
Friday Night Films; July 16- August 13!
Super Cold Science; Thursday, July 15; 3pm
Glue and Go Costumes; Tuesday, July 20; 4pm
Animal Behaviors; Wednesday, July 21; 3:30pm
Writing Poems from Nature: Workshop for Adults; Tuesday, July 27; 6:30pm
Life2Poetry: Workshop for Teens; Thursday, July 29; 3pm
Rock Band for Teens; Tuesday, August 3; 2-4:30pm
Rock Band for Adults; Tuesday, August 3; 5:30-8pm
For more information on any of these programs, check our website at greenfieldpubliclibrary.org
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
New Library Hours Starting July 1, 2010
Starting July 1, 2010 the Greenfield Public Library will be changing its hours. Our new hours will be as follows:
• Monday – 2pm-5pm
• Tuesday – 9:30am-8pm
• Wednesday – 9:30am-5pm
• Thursday – 9:30am-5pm
• Friday – 9:30am-5pm
• Saturday – 9:00am-1pm
With these hours we will be open six days a week for the convenience for our patrons. We look forward to seeing you again on Mondays.