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Is your favorite author here? Send them this letter c/o their publisher.

... Ms./Mr. (insert author's name);

As a patron and supporter of libraries, I have long appreciated the opportunities that technology has granted libraries in the pursuit of providing information and entertainment to their patrons. The fact that we can access information 24/7 through our library's website equates to a service of inestimable proportion. Likewise, the opportunity for libraries to share electronic copies of books - both in text and audio format - has been a great boon to the public's ability to access information. Electronic reading devices, as you are well aware, are now a massive part of the way many people consume literature and information, and libraries need to be able to provide that content as they have always done. Over the last two years, the demand for eBooks has grown by leaps and bounds, and many library patrons are moving to eReaders as their choice for content delivery.

With that said, I want to express my displeasure with your publisher, (insert publisher's name). Rather than helping their longtime partners, public libraries, this publisher (and others like it) will not sell to public libraries. This disenfranchises public library users and cuts them off from your work. Patrons request that libraries provide this content constantly, but libraries have no recourse but to turn them away. Given the explosive growth of e-content, if public libraries cannot meet the needs of their patrons, libraries have less value in our communities. These publishers are, in effect, engaged in business practices directly detrimental to the survival of the public library in this country.

I understand that publishers are nervous about their property and intellectual rights - and authors are, too. What I do NOT understand, however, is why your publisher is apparently refusing to work with libraries at all in regard to e-content. There is already a secure DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution provided by all providers of e-content to libraries. I cannot believe that you, a popular author, do not want the public reading your materials, or to be able to borrow your materials, through the method that they prefer: from a public library.

I would ask you, as a prominent author, to bring pressure to bear on your publisher to open their e-content to public libraries. Failure to do so will deny public library patrons like myself access to your materials and other valuable content in the format that they desire. If the libraries of the future cannot provide content to patrons, they will truly die. That will be a very sad day for this country and for those who depend on the equitable access to information that they provide.

Sincerely,

Save the dates:

Tuesday, March 20th, Tuesday, April 24th, and Tuesday, May 8th

 The Middletown Township Public Library will be hosting three free programs at the main branch of the library. 

  MARCH

 What: “Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Coping Strategies for Success”

When: Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00 pm

Where: Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd.

  Dr. Denise Aloisio and Dr. Anne Roth will present this very important topic here at the library. Dr. Aloisio practices and is Board certified in Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Pediatrics at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, New Jersey.
Dr. Anne G. Roth, DO also practices and is Board certified in Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health and Pediatrics in Neptune, New Jersey. This program is for adults only.
Please register at www.mtpl.org, “Calendar”, or call 732 671-3700, x340

 APRIL 

What: “ABC’s of ADHD”

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00 pm

Where: Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd 

Presented by Dr. Pauline Nelson

Do you wonder if your child has ADHD? Do you have a child or family member already diagnosed with ADHD and want to further your understanding of this condition, and maximize your ability to help and advocate for them? Dr. Pauline Nelson, clinical psychologist will demystify this increasingly common diagnosis, discuss signs that may indicate that your child has ADHD, and review recommendations for home and school to help reduce the impact of symptoms. This program is for adults only.

Please register at www.mtpl.org, “Calendar”, or call 732 671-3700 x 340

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 MAY      

What:  “Maximizing Coverage Under the New Jersey Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Insurance Mandate”

When: Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd.

 Autism New Jersey in collaboration with the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), welcomes parents and professionals to attend this free workshop, which answers questions such as: are all plans required to comply? Who determines what treatments are medically necessary? What’s the difference between a self-funded and a fully-insured plan? Learn how the mandate affects delivery of services for autism and other developmental disabilities, how it intersects with state and federal laws, and how to effectively navigate the process of obtaining coverage.

 

Please register at www.mtpl.org, “Calendar”, or call 732 671-3700 x 340

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