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Library district's circulation continues to grow : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Library district's circulation continues to grow
Total circulation up 12 percent in May, activity report shows

by Lyle R. Rolfe


If you're one of those people who thinks the printed word is becoming obsolete, check out these statistics from the Oswego Public Library District.

At their June board meeting, Sarah Skilton, the district's director, said their inventory at the beginning of the month included 104,147 adult books, 60,543 at the Montgomery Campus and 43,504 at the Oswego Campus.

Young adult books numbered 9,965 at both campuses combined and 81,728 juvenile books at both campuses. Adult periodical totaled 3,442 and juvenile periodicals totaled 996, for a total number of 200,278 books of all types.

The total circulation of all items from the two campuses in May was 71,159, up 13 percent from 62,907 from May of last year.

Every month, at least 300 new patrons sign up for library cards. In May, 374 more patrons received cards.

In recent years, electronic books have been added to the collection, but their totals are nowhere near the printed books and magazine totals.

Adult audios or electronic versions of the printed books totaled 14,355 and juvenile audios totaled 5,173.

Adult DVDs totaled 11,195 and juvenile DVDs totaled 6,297 while video games numbered 318.

The electronic media totaled 37,038, including 18 video games.

The total inventory of all items at the end of May was 270,662.

Skilton noted that Montgomery Campus has the most items-158,735 and Oswego has 111,527, but more new materials are being added each month to the Oswego Campus. During the previous month, 2,243 new items were added, 1,204 in Oswego and 1,039 in Montgomery.

During the month, 33,098 items were checked-out from the Oswego Campus and 27,198 checked out from the Montgomery Campus.

Skilton said out of 12,696 items checked-out by Oswego residents, 17,757 were at the Oswego Campus and 10,241 at Montgomery.

Check-outs by Montgomery residents totaled 12,696, with 8,508 items checked out at the Montgomery Campus and 4,188 from the Oswego Campus.

Other users included Boulder Hill residents who checked out 7,122 items, Oswego Township residents who checked out 7,829 items, Wheatland residents who checked out 639, Bristol residents who took 1,946 items. Students checked out 257 items on school cards.

Checkouts of electronic items included 1,440 for eBooks, 328 for audio books, and 330 for eMagazines.

Others included 37 items for NaAuSay Township residents, 50 for non-resident taxpayers, 126 on institution cards, and 293 items to other non-residents in the Oswego School District.

Reciprocal borrowing or borrowing between districts, totaled 5,062, with Aurorans borrowing 2,886. Next was Sugar Grove 953 followed by Yorkville with 568, Plano with 107, Naperville with 93, Plainfield with 89, Sandwich with 26 and a total of 370 from other communities.

According to door counters, 43,666 people visited the two campuses, 16,438 at Oswego and 13,613 at Montgomery.

Using the self-check machines appears to be more popular at Montgomery with 20,738 items or 65.8 percent of all checkouts were on the machine. Oswegoans checked out 17,691 or 51 percent of their items on the machines.

Use of computers is always popular with 3,261 uses by adults. And this group used the databases 1,925 times during the month, she said.

In the youth department, they checked out 830 items, 398 from Montgomery and 432 from Oswego. The most popular was fiction with 182 checkouts followed by non-fiction with 166 items picture books with 135, easy fiction with 115 board books with 109 and biographies with 14.

The youths checked out 196 DVDs, which included 31 non-fiction books and 48 CDs, which included two books.

Adults checked out 984 books of all types during the month, which included 380 non-fiction, 3,767 fiction and nine biographies.

They also checked out 84 CDs, which included 63 books, and 102 DVDs, which included 15 non-fiction books.

Skilton said 13 programs were presented for adults during the month, the most popular being a presentation on "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown at Lincoln Center with 16 attendees. A discussion on "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman had 12 attendees.

The most popular teen program was the Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee book talks at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego. It was attend by 298 people.

Skilton said the Summer Reading Program in Youth Services started on June 1, and 1,600 students entered the program in its first five days. Last year, the total number of participants was 4,251.

Children are reading and doing activities for weekly drawings and grand prizes.

This year's theme is "Dig Into Reading." The program ends Aug. 4.

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