Airdrie Public Library thriving
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 11:08 am
Every year, Airdrie Public Library (APL) releases our Report to the Community, which provides many of the facts and figures that make up a good part of the library’s story. With this report, we are able to show the growth APL continues to experience – annual visits, program attendance, circulation – and what those numbers mean.
One figure that demonstrates APL’s essential role in the community is our membership: APL has more than 16,850 members (more than one-third of Airdrie’s population and up more than 5,000 from five years ago).
The number of people coming through our door also speaks volumes. In the past five years, this has increased by 27,000 to 146,800. These guests attend programs, use our computers, listen to visiting authors, take part in clubs, enjoy art displays, read, learn, share.
In five years, our program attendance has gone from 14,000 to 25,000. This covers everyone from babies to teens to seniors, from ToddlerTime to One-to-One Technology Tutoring, from Junior Artists to Wii for the Tall. Young families especially are happy users of our programs – 11,577 attended our preschool literacy programs in 2012.
And in five years, the number of items checked out has more than doubled to 380,000. This is not only books (which are still highly important) – our members borrow DVDs, CDs, magazines, e-readers; they download e-books, music, audiobooks.
Yet despite the fact that there are more people coming through our doors, more people accessing our numerous programs and services, more items being checked out, we are still able to provide service with a smile. We even recently received national recognition: our Summer Reading Program 2012 earned honourable mention from the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards.
Ultimately, what the numbers truly mean is that Airdrie Public Library continues to be an essential part of our community, a place of learning and sharing and gathering for all ages.
So feel free to drop by and see what APL has to offer and for more information, visit us online at airdriepubliclibrary.ca