Library branches set October record

The Mesa County Public Library District had its best October ever when local library branches checked out 112,195 books, videos and other items.

Circulation suffered slightly in August and September after the contents of the library district’s largest branch, the central library, moved from 530 Grand Ave. to the former Ashley Furniture Warehouse at 655 N. First St.

Library spokesman Bob Kretschman said October’s numbers show patrons quickly found the new location.

“Given we’re in a new location and all, it’s great news for us,” Kretschman said of October’s record. “We’re expecting a pretty strong November as well.”

Kretschman said library employees have received several positive comments about the temporary First Street location. The branch is scheduled to move back to the Grand Avenue location late in spring 2013 once a reconstruction project of the library building is complete.

The project will add 45,000 square feet to the library, update infrastructure and allow the library district to consolidate some of its offices in outer buildings into the new structure.

The move did have some negative impacts on the library, at least at first. Circulation for all branches in the first nine months of 2012 was down 1.7 percent compared to the same months in 2011, a statistic Kretschman blamed partly on a weeklong closure of the central library during the early August move.

“If there was an effect of the move, it didn’t last very long. People found us,” he said.

Mesa County Public Libraries’ record for best month ever remains June 2011, when library branches circulated 135,960 items.


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