B-L Library district receives updated circulation information

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees received information on circulation statistics at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 14.

According to the annual statistics report, 468,772 books and library materials were checked out at district library branches this year. Those statistics are around 2 percent lower than recorded during the 2006-07 fiscal year.

Cassville patrons borrowed 19 percent of district items, which was slightly lower than last year. Statistics for other local branches included: Monett, 18 percent; Aurora, 17 percent; Shell Knob, 6 percent; Purdy, 3 percent; and Eagle Rock, 2 percent.

Internet usage increased over the last year. Library computers were used 34,535 times by patrons during the 2007-08 fiscal year, which was a 17 percent increase over the 2006-07 fiscal year.

There are a total of 32,199 registered library users at all 10 of the district's branches.

In addition to the circulation statistics, Jean Berg, library district director, reported that over 5,600 youngsters participated in the 2008 summer reading program.

Over 800 children signed reading contracts during the summer reading program and around 56 percent of participants met their summer reading goals. Over 100 teens participated in the teen reading program.

In other business, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees:

* Received information on a partial funding plan for the Monett building project.

* Set the 2008-09 fiscal year tax levy at 0.1743.

* Heard that Dusty Neill, part-time shelver at the Cassville Branch, resigned on Aug. 19.

* Received a $1,208.58 donation from the Shell Knob Friends of the Library that was used to purchase a 42-inch flat screen television for Shell Knob Branch Library programs and meetings.

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