For the third consecutive year, our Library was recognized by Library Journal as a Star Library and it’s all thanks to you! This prestigious national recognition is awarded to libraries that are most heavily used. A major goal of the ratings is to showcase U.S. public libraries whose levels of service delivery distinguish them among their peers. Ratings are determined by the number of per person library visits, items borrowed, program attendance, and computer use. Our scores are then compared to 7,570 other public libraries across the country.
While this Star designation is based on 2010 statistics, our Library usage in 2012 will well exceed that record-breaking year. At the end of October 2012, area residents had borrowed more than 14.5 million books, magazines and other materials this year. Our computers are full every day with job seekers, students, and children. More than 421,000 residents of all ages have attended free Library programs during the first 10 months of this year—a double digit increase over the same period last year—and more than 38,000 residents participated in the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Our homework centers are constantly busy and visits to the Library are at a record high at 7.1 million through October. Amazingly, use of digital books, which residents download remotely, has grown 116% year to date. Our outreach services department continues to serve the homebound and elderly as well as provide book collections for area classrooms.
In short, your Public Library is needed and being used by you and other customers more than ever!
“We are delighted to see this explosion of library use across the board,” said Kim Fender, the Library’s The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director. “It confirms that libraries matter to our communities and that we are providing our residents with services, materials, and programs that they want and need.”