We've compiled our statistics for FY2008 (October 1- September 20, 2008) and the libraries have had a busy year.
Over 226,000 items were checked out to customers of the three libraries and two bookmobiles. It is good to see residents of the area reading and enjoying their libraries.
Library staff are busy answering questions and helping customers find information they need. Over 11,000 questions were answered.
Libraries offer free use of computers that access the Internet, for information, access to social services, and job seekers. Over 49,000 people used the library computers.
Libraries have long offered programs for children. Over 16,000 area children, preschool, elementary, and teens, visited the library for programs; hearing stories, puppet shows, music and other ways to bring to joy of reading to our children. Teens participated in programs too. Their favorite activity is probably online gaming tournaments sponsored by the libraries.
Yes, it's been a busy year and we like it that way. We're hoping next year will be even busier. Spread the word and help us make it so.