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Library reports increased program attendance

April 13, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM The New Ulm Library Board reviewed its annual reports on the usage of the Library's operations Thursday at City Hall.

Library Director Larry Hlavsa presented the report.

Circulation per user reached the highest, 27, in all of the Library's records going back further than 2003. Hlavsa said this fact meant that each patron heavily used the library on a frequent basis, which he said was a good thing.

Attendance for adult programs more doubled from last year to 2,500.

Hlavsa said this increase was due to Assistant Library Director Kris Wiley, who joined the staff in 2009. The attendance for last year was double the prior year's attendance.

Circulation was nearly evenly split between adult materials, at 46.5 percent, and children's materials, at 41.5 percent. Traditionally, adult materials usage outnumbered children's materials on a two-to-one ratio.

Other statistics for the last year showed reference questions increased 2.4 percent, public Internet usage decreased 7.8 percent, circulation increased 9.3 percent and interlibrary loans increased 4.2 percent.

In other business, the Board accepted two $1,000 donations, one from the Friends of the New Ulm Library and one from an anonymous source, for the purchase of an AWE Literary Workshop. The Workshop is a vendor-designed work station with 50 software programs that encourage and teach learning in children ages 3 to 8.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at jmoniz@nujournal.com)

 
 

 

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