Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to circulation of e-books at Juneau Public Libraries being on the rise. According to our Sunday story, “Juneau libraries’ e-book popularity surges,” there was a “reported 20 to 30 percent increase in circulation of electronic materials borrowed from the Juneau public library system last fiscal year.” Yet thumbs down to the fact there seems to be pitfalls in the system, ones that don’t necessarily favor the reader. According to our story, “purchasing an e-book does not allow an unlimited number of readers to access the e-book at the same time. Licensing restrictions set by publishers limit the usage. The terms of the licenses vary from publisher to publisher.” We hope the groups of libraries around the state of Alaska, currently working to move toward a model of ownership, continue to see success in their efforts.

Thumbs up to Auke Bay Elementary’s living wax museum, where students dressed up and emulated historical heros. It was the culmination of a six-week project which required students research someone from history and create a “speech ... based on their research. The speeches are memorized ... and students wear costumes and have at least one prop.” It’s fair to say all those historical facts will sink in for these students, and for the audience, as well.

Thumbs up to debunking myths. Take lemmings for example: They do not, in fact, commit mass suicide. And regarding whether or not bears can run downhill... oh, yes they can. Friday’s Outdoor section featured an interesting article addressing some of Alaska’s most common animal myths. Read it online at juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-02-21/killer-bears-and-lemming-suicide-busting-myths-about-alaska-animals.

Both a thumbs down and a thumbs up to the closure of the retail componentof Wild Oven Bakehouse; there’s just something about buying bread from the same hands that made it. But that sourdough will likely only get better — and more available — since owner Daniel Martin decided to focus his business plan, making his downtown shop solely a bakery.

 

• Empire editorials are written by the Juneau Empire’s editorial board. Members include: Publisher Rustan Burton, rustan.burton@juneauempire.com; Director of Audience Abby Lowell, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com; Managing Editor Charles L. Westmoreland, charles.westmoreland@juneauempire.com; and Asst. Editor James Brooks, james.k.brooks@juneauempire.com

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