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February 5, 2014

Another chapter for the books: Library's usage on par with 2012

Library director: usage steady in 2013

Usage remained strong at the Logansport-Cass County Public Library in 2013, the library director says.

About 610,000 items were checked out of the library in 2013, down slightly from the 625,000 checked out in 2012 — the highest circulation year the library has ever had.

David Ivey, director of the library, attributes the decline to a decrease at the library’s Galveston branch, which makes up about 10 percent of the library’s usage, over the last year.

He went on to say he expects a complete recovery in 2014.

“It’s quite likely 2014 will be our new highest year,” Ivey said, adding he expects circulation totals of 630,000 to 635,000.

Ivey credits the library’s success to the emphasis it places on acquiring materials. At a time when most libraries are focusing their budgets on staff and about 15 percent of their budgets on materials, Ivey said the Logansport-Cass County Public Library appropriates 25 to 30 percent of its operating budget toward books, DVDs, CDs and e-books.

Rosemary Shidler, a Logansport resident, said she comes to the library once a week, as she reads one book a day.

“I love the Amish books,” she said, adding that she also enjoys stories that take place in the 1800s.

Peg Sullivan, also a Logansport resident, said she visits the library once a month.

“The folks here are very friendly and very helpful, which means a lot,” Sullivan said. “It’s just a nice atmosphere. It’s good to see so many people using it. They have a lot of good programs for children and adults.”

Sullivan added she is partial to the library’s collection of mystery novels.

“They have a good selection,” she said. “They have more than one of one book and I usually find what I want. They’re very up to date on their books.”

About 63 percent of the checked-out items came from the library’s DVD collection, an asset Ivey said the library is very proud of. He said the library gets 3,500 to 4,000 DVD titles a year and is approaching a collection of 35,000 separate titles.

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