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Visits to libraries in county in 2014 over 2013, board hears

Visits to all four of the Pioneerland libraries in McLeod County — Brownton, Glencoe, Hutchinson and Winsted — are seeing increases in visits from patrons.
Head librarians Jackee Fountain (Brownton and Glencoe) and Pam Dille (Hutchinson and Winsted) updated the McLeod County Board of Commissioners on library activities at its Nov. 3 meeting.
The Brownton Library, which has 145 cardholders, had over 5,100 visits in 2014, as compared to just under 5,000 in 2013. The library is open 20 hours a week, has four public computers and is expecting to offer a laptop and an iPad to its clients. It offered 60 children’s programs in 2014, 12 young adult programs and 13 adult programs with a total attendance of 680 people.
Fountain noted that computer use at the Brownton library is down slightly, but said that more people are bringing their own laptops or other devices and taking advantage of the library’s free Wi-Fi system.
Goals for 2016 include keeping collections up to date, expanding the library space into the hallway of the Brownton Area Civic Center, increasing technology services and updating the library with a new table and chair set for book clubs.
The Glencoe Library, which is open 48 hours per week and has 2,514 cardholders, had nearly 46,000 visits in 2014, as compared to just over 44,000 in 2014. The library offers 15 public computers, three laptops and three iPads, and had 200 children’s programs, nine young adult programs and 38 adult programs in 2014 with a total attendance of 2,537.
Goals for 2016 are to increase technology services, keep collections up to date,  continue the teen programs and expand outreach programs in the community.

For more, see the Nov. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.