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Ginny Mies works for TechSoup for Libraries where she is lucky enough to spend her time talking with public libraries about all things technology. She keeps on top of the latest tech trends and innovations in public library programming so she can share it with the TechSoup audience. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and has written for PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive.

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The Power of the Library in a War-Torn Afghan Village

Tucked away in the basement an adobe home in the rural Panjwai District in Afghanistan is small one-room library. It has two shelves of about sixteen hundred books and magazines, a collection that has been largely developed through donations from around the world. The library gets about five visitors a day, but to twenty-two-year-old Matiullah Wesa, “five visitors in the village are more important than 100 in the city.”[1]