Now that we’re well into 2017 and finally looking forward to spring, it doesn’t seem to make much sense looking back. However, I can’t help but take your time to brag about how wonderful our library users really are! This time of year the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction finishes collecting our statistics for the previous year. Despite the calendar being 2017 I’ve still been lingering in 2016.
La Crosse County Library have our loyal patrons and tax supporters to thank for yet another successful year in library service. We also need to thank the five municipalities we collaborate with so closely. The Village of Bangor, Town of Campbell, Village of Holmen, City of Onalaska and Village of West Salem make for great partners taking care our buildings and grounds and keeping the lights one. They’ve truly made the commitment to make an investment in these communities and we are grateful to work with them every day.
When it comes to library services these days, the discussion about a paperless society and bookless libraries never seems to end. But I still can’t jump completely on the bandwagon when in calendar year 2016 we sent 467,973 physical items out the door from our 5 locations and to boot it was an increase over 2015! Of course, there is no ignoring digital formats and 27,743 eBooks and another 13,424 eAudio were downloaded from Overdrive to customers naming a La Crosse County Library as their home library!
Among the 8,815 reference questions answered and 26,957 computer uses, our 37,205 registered library users racked up door counts of 273,211 at our five locations. New for 2017 will be the ability to count those utilizing our wireless internet access. With 6,036 wireless connections in January alone, that should be quite a telling number by year-end!
24,907 people of all ages participated in our programming. From weekly story time and special events the library is more than just the items on the shelves. Don’t miss our 2017 programming including our current March, March, March of the Bookmarks contest for kids and our Spring Movie series hosted by the Friends of the Onalaska Library with Academy Award Nominees and Winners shown on the big screen with free popcorn select Thursdays in Onalaska through June.
We couldn’t be happier to continue our services to our friends and neighbors and our locations continue to flourish. If you have not taken advantage of the services available help add to our 2017 statistics today and stop by to see what we’re all about.
For more information about the La Crosse County Library or for the latest programming information, be sure to look around this website or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lacrossecountylibrary.
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1