One million checkouts and counting

Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Mesa County library system checked out its one millionth item of the year.

“That’s a huge new record,” said Eve Tallman, libraries director. “We have never checked out a million items in a year before.”

Mesa County Libraries’ eight locations came close to a million items last year when 909,144 items were checked out. The items include DVDs, books on CD, downloadable audio books, magazines and more. There’s no question that books are still the No. 1 item being checked out, but the times are a-changing.

“What we have really seen a huge increase in is the DVDs in the last year,” said Shana Wade, public services director.

That could be attributed to the economy. Movies on a budget “makes a lot of sense,” Wade said.

Library officials were not sure who checked out the millionth item, so all branches shared in the celebration. People received balloons and boxes of toffee if they were lucky enough to be checking out items when librarians determined the one-millionth checkout had occurred.

“We didn’t have a way of knowing exactly which book was it, but based on our averages for the day I could tell about 11, 11:30 we would hit it,” Wade said.

The popularity of the libraries can be attributed in part to new and improved locations and amenities, Wade said.

“A lot of our growth has to do with our Orchard Mesa branch and moving the Clifton branch, and we are seeing significant growth in Fruita as well,” Wade said.

For information about library branches, call 243-4442 or go to http://www.mcpld.org.


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