Pierce City library gains additional day

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Added hours align with Shell Knob branch

After reviewing the circulation statistics for the last several months, Gina Milburn, director of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, recommended the Pierce City Branch open an additional day of the week on Thursdays.

The move would align the branch to the recent addition of Thursdays at the Shell Knob Branch.

The Pierce City Branch will now be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, starting the week of Nov. 5.

In addition, the library system may start charging fees for materials, presenters and educational programs to help recover the costs of future programs. Tickets may be sold for special library events.

Milburn reported new two-part library cards will be issued to patrons when the current supply of single cards expires. Patrons may request one of the new replacements, which includes a regular card and a key tag, at a cost of $2.

The library system has also begun work on digitizing yearbooks from 1950 through 1989, through Oklahoma Correctional Industries, a free service offered to libraries. The yearbooks are scanned and converted to .pdf searchable compact discs the materials are returned to the library. Plans are to start with Monett and Aurora, then move on to the Mt. Vernon branch.

System circulation was slightly up from this time last year with 29,105 checkouts for the month. Mt. Vernon came in first in circulation with 6,111, followed by Monett, with 5,424, and Cassville, with 5,139. E-material checkout was 2,506 compared to a year ago at 2,171. Ancestry was used 422 times and Hoopla was used 1,368 times. Computer use was 2,781 and wi-fi use was 852. In September, the system offered 177 programs with 3,939 participants.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Pierce City Branch Library.

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