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Library circulated 68,099 items in 2011

Teen Volunteer Carleigh Watts, left, reads a Dr. Seuss book to children in March 2011.

Here’s a news flash: people check out more books from the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library than anything else.

That might sound a little snide, until you realize that “anything else” includes DVDs, audio CDs, kits, music CDs and magazines. And until the library closed for 2-1/2 months last year so collections could be set up at the old middle school while the library is expanded, the circulation for 2011 was up 8 percent, according to Library Director Robin Tenney. From January to August of last year, residents checked out 68,099 items.

Here are some of the highlights Tenney presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisor Joe Grzeika complimented her on the professional presentation.

  • 5,928 registered users
  • 1,558 patrons got cards in 2011, an increase of 37 percent from 2010
  • 5,943 items were weeded from the collection before the move
  • 67,380 items are in the total collection
  • 255 programs were presented by the staff in 2011
  • 128 percent is how much the outreach storytime program has grown
  • 341 meetings were held at the library by nonprofit groups
  • 3,059 reference related questions were answered by staff
Here’s the full report: Smoot report

Peter McCory, the One-Man Band, entertains patrons during a summer reading event.