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Library Happenings – Patrons benefit with savings by using library's resources (March 11, 2015 issue)

We keep a lot of statistics. I mean, a LOT of statistics: attendance, collection, circulation, computer use and many others. For me, the months of September and October are overshadowed by the time-consuming task of compiling statistics for the annual survey. But it seems we are not the only ones keeping track of relevant numbers.
Recently, one of our regular patrons gave us a treat. For the past four years, she has been keeping a record of the number of books she has borrowed from the library and the price of those books. Last year, she read 165 books and saved $2,917.84 by borrowing them from the library. I was very impressed, first by the number of books she read, but also by the cost savings she realized by borrowing books from the library rather than purchasing them.
Over the four years she has kept records, our patron has read 606 books and saved $11,060.25. Just imagine the savings of people who borrow a couple of DVDs three times a week instead of buying or renting them. And what about the patrons who regularly use our public access computers and printer? They must pay for their printouts, but they don’t have to buy hardware, software or ink or pay for the many databases available to them in the Tennessee Electronic Library.
All of these services and more are available to patrons who come to the library, but even people who don’t visit often can receive benefits from library services. TEL databases and checkouts of eBooks and audiobooks through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S (Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System) are available to our patrons regardless of whether they are at the library, at home, at work or on the go. And homebound seniors and nursing home residents are eligible for home deliveries of books through our Library Senior Services Train.
We do our best to provide free information and recreation for every citizen of Unicoi County. If you would like more information about any of our services, call us at 743-6533.
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. The public is welcome to attend. Please call the library at 743-6533 if you require special accommodations.
New Books
We currently are in the process of cataloging and processing large numbers of new books and audiobooks for both children and adults. Check our online catalog or come on down to make your choice!