Earlier this week, the morning DJ on WKKY, Scott Miller, announced that this week (10/16-10/22) was National Friends of the Library Week. Imagine, the Friends of the Library have their own week! If you are interested in becoming a Friend, find information for your local branch here.
I was talking to a friend last week and the friend mentioned talking to a person about the GCPL’s November Bond Issue. The person stated, “We are going to a paperless society, so what do we need libraries for?” GEESH! This person probably has not recently been in a library. Today’s libraries still have plenty of hard copy books and periodicals, but they offer so much more than that. Local libraries have become community centers with a multitude of services.
Here is a snapshot of GCPL’s 2016 usage:
- 59,413 total borrowers (10,073 of which are children)
- 135 public computers
- 63,295 public internet uses
- 21,958 wifi logins
- 161,980 reference transactions
- 603,512 total library visits
- 1,544 programs (1,132 of which were children/YA programs)
- 41,336 total program attendance (24,842 of which were children/YA programs)
- Physical circulation: 2,050,078 items
- eContent circulation: 168,998 items
- Total circulation: 2,219,076 items
If you are reading my blog you use the services and are a library’s friend. So get out there and talk to your friends about today’s libraries and if they live in Geauga County ask for their support of Geauga County Issue 4 on November 7.