GRAFTON, Mass.- The Daily Voice got acquainted with Beth Gallaway, the library's new director. Here is an excerpt of that interview:
Q: The town voted down a new library. Do you plan to try again?
A: Probably not for four years. We need time to regroup.
It would be nice to have a new building before the end of my tenure. My plan is to see our 100th anniversary in 2027.
Q: Will building renovations become a disruption to the patrons?
A: It’s scheduled to start Friday, but the architect is still reviewing the plans and making recommendations. We asked for pricing based on working around the library’s current schedule. We also asked for a bid closing the library for a week and a month, which would be detrimental to the community and we would like to avoid that. If we closed for a month we would relocate.They are slated to finish by June 15.
Q: How do people use libraries today?
A: We still have traditional readers but we also have people with their Kindle wanting to learn how to download a digital eBook. In the children's library story time, the librarian models how parents read and engage with words with children. We are a meeting space even though we don’t have a meeting room. A twenty-first century model is more of a community gathering place and there is certainly no room for that here.
Q: You wrote a book on video games and libraries. How did you make the connection?
A: It’s still about literacy although if you play a modern video game you are often reading text, there are subtitles. You have to be able to decipher codes and symbols. There is always more than one way to solve the problem in games. People who play approach problem solving differently because they see different outcomes.
Q: Aren't video games criticized for violence and sexist overtures?
A: That is why there is a rating system. Mature games are not intended for a young audience. The ratings help parents make wise decisions.
Q: Do you have a favorite video game?
A: I love The Sims. It’s like an electronic dollhouse. I’m really interested in architecture and the game drove me to take out books and research.
Q: What are you reading?
A: I’m a foodie. I finished reading, “An Everlasting Meal”. The writing is fabulous. The author says, “The egg wants a little oil and Parmesan cheese.” She talks from the food's point of view.