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Library Attendance Up

Sonya Huser, Archbold Community Library director, told the Library Board that circulation and door count at the facility are at a five-year high.

She told the board at its Wednesday, Aug. 14 meeting, that during July, there were 5,100 visitors to the library, the most for the month since 2014.

There were also 9,379 items circulated, the most for any July since 2014.

From 2015-2019, the low for July visitors was in 2017, at 4,302.

The low for items circulated during in that same time period was also in 2017, at 7,921.

The number of visitors is based on the library door counter.

Huser said the summer reading program was a success. Three local businesses– Aschliman & Co., Short Funeral Home, and Tri-Flo, Inc., donated prizes.

Also, Lauber Group donated a new table configuration and chairs for the childrens area, bringing its total donation to more than $13,000. The reconfiguration allows parents sitting at library computers to see the play area.

Beck Insurance has sponsored nine magazine subscriptions for the library, she added.

Registration for fall childrens programming, including the popular Lego Club, Story Time and Story Hour, and Miss Martie’s Book Club, starts Sept. 3.

Huser said portions of the library collection were rearranged. All teen books were moved into one aisle.

Checkout of teen books nearly tripled in the first month after the change, from 121 to 339.

One area where the library has not had good luck is in adult programming.

A program called Chalk Couture for adults, with a $35 per person cost, was cancelled.

TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) “kind of died” at the library, she said.

“It’s hard to get adults to come to things,” Huser said, adding future programming for adults needs to be on more of a drop-in basis.

The Friends of the Library used book sale raised about $1,200. Leftover large-print books were donated to Fairlawn Haven.

Other leftover books are being sent to Better World Books and the Ohio prison system.

Huser said the Friends of the Library has about $6,700 on hand. Library officials are looking to create a “maker space” for teens and tweens (tweens are usually defined as children 8-12.)

A “maker space” is a place where youngsters can work on a variety of projects.

November is National Novel Writing Month, during which people commit to write 40,000 words in a month. Huser said she would like to host weekly “write-ins” at the library.

She also suggested “Cider Monday,” in response to Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday was created by retailers to encourage people to shop online.

On “Cider Monday,” the library could serve cider and pumpkin-flavored donuts, she said.

Cara Ulrich, board member, was absent.