Our fiscal/statistical year is not quite over, but we can share some preliminary statistics that shed some light on just how people are using the library right now.
The library is an ever more popular research destination.
- Internet use has increased 17 percent countywide this fiscal year compared to last fiscal year, and 22 percent at the Asheboro library.
- Requests for reference assistance have increased 21 percent this FY compared to last FY.
- Since February, 702 people have used the library’s new RandQuest.org research website 2,172 times.
The library is more important than ever for jobseekers.
- Since January, participation in library computer classes has increased 120 percent over all of 2008.
- Since January, use of the Asheboro library’s JobView employment ad kiosk has increased 46.5 percent over the same period last year.
- Checkout of books on small business and entrepreneurship at the Asheboro library has increased by 10 percent this FY compared to last FY.
- The Archdale library’s Job-Hunting Networking Group draws 5-10 people each month.
People are turning to the library for inexpensive entertainment.
- Checkout of DVDs has increased by 26 percent this FY compared to last FY.
- Checkout of children’s DVDs has increased by 49 percent.
- The first Family Movie Night at the Archdale library drew 45 people on a Friday evening.
- Checkout of books on CD from January to May this year increased 43 percent over the same period last year.
- Checkout of fiction books from January to May this year increased 12 percent over the same period last year.
- Checkout of teen fiction books from January to May this year increased 42 percent over the same period last year.
Be Creative @ Your Library this summer!
- Studies show that kids who read during the summer do better in school the next year.
- The library’s Summer Reading Program last year registered 3,112 children and drew an audience of over 9,300 to 244 programs and special events; kids checked out more than 42,000 books in June and July.
- This summer, the seven libraries have almost 140 programs planned for children and teens, and the Extension Services department will take over 100 more into the community.
- And they’re all FREE!