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The role of libraries

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Libraries today are about much more than lending books. We talk with Maine library leaders about the rapidly expanding role of libraries, especially with demand for digital services and access to technology. And we learn about the challenges librarians face in these changing times, from being more inclusive to navigating political controversies to making the most of limited budgets.


Lori A. Fisher, State Librarian, Maine State Library

Nancy Crowell, Scarborough Public Library Director

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Ben Treat, Director of the Bangor Public Library

Jon Knepp, Director of Library Services at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft


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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.