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Despite pandemic, public libraries keep communities engaged

In celeration of their first day open since closing last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peabody Institute Libary displayed their new books in the courtyard for patrons to peruse. (Spenser Hasak)
Over the last two decades, the explosion of digital media and e-books — coupled with massive budget cuts — have had many fearing for the future of public libraries.  But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed things.  Peabody Institute Library Director Cate Merlin understands all too well the evolving role libraries have taken on during the…

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