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The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

Recent numbers illustrate strong bond between community of Elm Grove and its library.

It was another banner year for the Elm Grove Library in 2013, experiencing growth in both circulation and program attendance, according to statistics from the newly complied annual report. Additionally, the numbers show that Elm Grove residents strongly rely on their library; further belying claims that libraries are slowly fading from relevance.

In 2013, the library had a total circulation of 106,411 items, representing a 2.23% increase from the previous year. Even further, of the 106,411 items circulated, only 12,657 came from exterior libraries, meaning that items belonging to the Elm Grove Library accounted for 88% of the total circulation, displaying evidence of a strong and varied collection that is meeting the needs of the community. Although, if there is ever an item requested that the library does not own, getting it from another library is never an issue.

The library continued to be a busy place last year as well, with more than 85,700 visitors walking through the door, and more than 7,300 reference questions answered by librarians on a variety of topics, equaling one question answered every 20 minutes. Other services offered to patrons also saw heavy use. There is one reservable study room open to all patrons using the library, and it was used 568 times, representing a nearly 30% rise from the previous year. The 6 public use computers with internet provided to patrons were also very active, with total of 6,353 total uses in 2013.

Children’s programming has always been a popular activity at the Elm Grove Library, and once again, last year was no exception. Nearly 2,700 people participated in the wide variety of children’s programs in 2013, from weekly story times, to summer library program activities, and many other special activities throughout the year. The 2013 numbers represented a large jump in attendance from the previous year.

Finally, statistics also show a community that strongly values having a local public library. Nearly 50% of Elm Grove residents have used their library card in the last two years. Combine that with the tremendous support the library receives from its very active friends group, who offer support with additional programming and tireless fundraising efforts, and it indicates that the Elm Grove Public Library is a place that is valued and utilized community-wide.

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