Libraries have record-setting June

Patrons at the Mesa County Public Library District checked out items at a record rate in June, prompting Director Eve Tallman to channel Mark Twain.

“I think that rumors of the death of the book are greatly exaggerated,” Tallman said soon after telling the Mesa County Commission that patrons checked out more than 124,000 books and other materials from the library system in June.

That’s the library’s busiest month ever for checkouts, Tallman told the commission.

June’s performance comes on the heels of 2009, in which the library checked out more than 1.3 million materials, Tallman said.

So far this year, the library is checking out items at a clip 13 percent faster than in record-setting 2009, Tallman said.

The library conducted classes for people to learn how better to pursue employment and has worked with the Colorado Workforce Center, but it’s not job-seekers alone who have driven the library to its records, Tallman said.

“It’s kind of amazing,” she said. “It’s people of all stripes, young and old and maybe some who are out of work. People are rediscovering the value of what’s here.”


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