It is interesting that as libraries are reinventing themselves we have not invented a new word … media center just doesn’t stick … but the root of the word “library” is book.  Another word similar is  dial   … we now punch numbers into a phone but still use the term dial!~

In Charlotte, N.C., the library district built a separate complex, the Imaginon, with digital equipment that children and teens can use to make blue-screen movies, stop-motion animations and rap songs.

Those who spent their childhood reading “Treasure Island” and “Ramona” in a quiet corner of the stacks may resist the idea that libraries could become frenetic workshops. But advocates say equipping libraries with tools for digital creation may be one way to help young people interact with history and literature in a familiar medium.

“That’s how a culture reproduces itself,” said Anne Balsamo, a professor of interactive media at USC. “It doesn’t just make things up willy-nilly, but it also takes time to look back and discover the ways things were done in the past. So yes to rap music and yes to turn-of-the-century poetry.”

via Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age – chicagotribune.com.