Library Usage/Patronage soars - MPR Report
Another great article highlighting the importance and popularity of libraries during an economic downturn. Library usage increases with the recession, reported by MPR, talks with Pat Conaly, Washington County Library director, and Susan Nemitz, Ramsey County Library director. All aspects of library usage are up, "computers, access to the Internet, help with writing your resume, job search programs," said Conaly. It's not unusual to see 100 people show up for storytime as well.
Conaly and Nemitz along with the overall report did a great job highlighting many services and aspects of the library, more than just books, that so often can get overlooked in news coverage. It's great to see and hear all this exciting talk about libraries these days. It is great promotion from outside the library world and something we should definitely capitalize on in many ways. Voices can be powerful tools.