With circulation numbers on the rise, awards for their outreach efforts and a new, state-of-the-art facility on the horizon, the future’s looking bright for the Bracebridge Public Library.
Offering his monthly report from the Library board during the latest Town council meeting, Coun. Don Smith said the library saw more than 8,000 pieces circulated in the month of January. Smith said that equates to a 40 increase in circulation from last year and is roughly equivalent to the number of items being moved in the busier summer months.
The Library also hosted a successful Chilifest in January and earlier this month they received the Minister’s Award for Innovation from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport for their efforts with the Party in the Park event this past summer. Smith said these types of events are things not necessarily associated with the Library but initiatives helping to drive the library’s success.
“There’s a real enthusiasm at the library…and with the staff. The end result is the success of the library,” said Smith.
The Library also recently decided to waive overdue fees and introduce an extensive collection of on-line courses.
Mayor Rick Maloney echoed Smith’s appreciation.
“When we talk about libraries in the 21st Century, that’s what we’re talking about,” said Maloney.
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