Madison County’s new, expanded library is seeing a tremendous uptick in use.
Library board of directors president Mike Moak recently appeared before county commissioners and presented statistics on library patrons. The library has nearly doubled in size – from 10,000 square feet to 17,500 square feet.
According to documents provided by Moak, the library has had 50,341 patrons so far this year, including 30,966 during the second three months of 2012, up from 19,375. The report noted 25,413 patrons last year.
One hundred and seventy five new library cards were issued in the second quarter of this year, compared to 82 the previous three months.
Moak asked the BOC to consider funding two part-time staff members for the library to help cover the facility during heavily used periods. The group took no action on the request. The BOC has yet to finalize its 2013 budget plans.