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In the last column I reviewed programming and events for 2012. This time, I thought I would share some statistics.  

  • We were open 303 days in 2012.
  • 481 new library cards were issued (last year we issued 472 new cards).
  • The meeting room was scheduled for 334 events (107 for library events).
  • We were assisted by 11 volunteers who put in over 400 hours.
  • 112,647 items circulated, which is down a bit from last year (115,312).
  • 1,688 e- books were checked out (not included in circulation stats, above).
  • Laptops were checked out 1,156 times since we received them mid 2011.
  • Our six computers were used 9,629 times in 2012.
  • 605 items were requested from libraries outside of the Viking system.
  • We loaned 658 items to libraries outside of the Viking system.
  • 7,190 items were requested from other Viking Libraries.
  • We loaned 8, 772 items to other Viking Libraries.
  • $5,474 was collected in fines.
  • $1,904 was collected for photocopies.
  • $553 was received in donations to the library (not to the FRIENDS group).
  • Magazines we sell for $.10 an issue brought in $655.00.
  • 1,046 children attended the 45 Story-times offered this year.
  • 1,376 children participated in the 26 Summer Reading events we scheduled.
  • Our display case this month features the music boxes belonging to Irene Hagen. The display case is booked through July, but if you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library to schedule a month to display them – 320-589-1634.

    The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for President’s Day.

    A selection of the best books in 2012 according to BookPage includes:

    • Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    • By the Iowa Sea Joe Blair
    • Canada by Richard Ford
    • End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
    • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
    • Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
    • Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
    • Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
    • Round House by Louise Erdrich
    • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
    • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    Think spring!