Serious about STEM: Misawa library’s new annex lets patrons try out 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Virtual-reality goggles, 3D printers, robots, tablet computers and electrical engineering kits are common sights at on-base libraries these days.
But checking out books, it seems, is out of fashion in a world where information is available to anyone at the swipe of a smartphone screen.
Book-lending at Misawa, home of the 35th Fighter Wing in northern Japan, is a fraction of what it was when library director Asako Tuttle, 43, started working there 15 years ago.
“Worldwide, libraries are shifting from being just a big bookshelf to providing a space for people to gather and study,” she said.
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