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Library Corner: Usage up by 21%

By Michael Dawber
CEO/Librarian

Business at the Rainy River Public Library soared 21% in 2013!
The numbers are in the library’s new annual report, which has just been released.
In 2013, the library loaned 18,583 items.
This is 21.5% more than in 2012 and the highest annual total since 1996.
The most-used category was adult fiction at 5,593.
DVDs were close behind at 5,080. Children’s fiction came in at 2,719.
As usual, our busiest months were in the summer.
We loaned 2,591 items in July and 1,940 in August.
In other numbers, your library registered 75 new members and added 2,148 new items to the collection.
We provided free internet access to 1,977 users, and held 42 free computer training sessions.
We logged 4,264 visits to our website, and loaned 1,476 audiobooks and eBooks by internet download.
Once again, use of our download service went up a lot compared to the previous year.
This is the fourth year in a row that’s happened.
We held 30 library programs attended by 408 adults and children.
We were especially grateful for the 267 hours of volunteer assistance we had in 2013.
The Library Board would like to thank the community for making last year such a success.
Free copies of our 2013 report are available at the library.
You can also read the report on-line at rainyriverlibrary.com.
Looking forward, we have more great programs and services for you.
Our next program will be our Spring into Birding Bird Count on Saturday, May 17.
A bird walk will leave from the library at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.
Our program is free. Everyone is welcome.
We’ve also just added new furniture, toys and decorations to our children’s section.
We were able to make these improvements with help from the Canada Post Community Foundation.
Hope to see you soon!