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How Far the Library has come in Ten Years

            As we begin 2011, it seems a natural time to reflect on our progress over the past ten years.  We can begin with the obvious.  Carroll County is extremely fortunate to have more space available for library use.  In 2000, our library measured in at approximately 6,000 square feet with 616 square feet of meeting space.  We now have more than doubled our actually square footage at 13,225 square feet, and meeting space of 1,027 square feet.  But how do these numbers relate to production and services provided?  With the additional meeting space, we accommodated 127 groups for a total of 1,626 meetings in 2010.  This has more than tripled from what was utilized in 2000.  In 2000, 34 groups used the space for a total of 207 meetings.

            How many people are visiting our library?  In 2000, approximately 62,500 people visited the library.  In 2010, approximately 88,900 patrons walked through our doors.  Additionally, we are open six more hours each week compared to 2000.  I am always pleased when patrons walk through the door, but I am even more pleased when they leave with a book, music cd, or any of our other resources available.  In 2000, a grand total of 68,839 materials were checked out by patrons; this compares to 117,283 materials were checked out by patrons in 2010.  Our number of registered patrons has steadily increased from 5,618 in 2000 to 8,455 in 2010.

            These numbers are not intended to reflect poorly on the year 2000.  We would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of the staff from 2000.  Jarrett Boyd and her staff laid and secured the foundation that allowed us to progress to where we are today.  I hope to build upon that foundation, knowing that it is sturdy enough to support the continue growth each and every year.