Appleton Public Library has a new all-time record for monthly circulation. In July, we circulated 134,448 items, an increase of 12.4% over July 2006, and an increase of 9.1% over the previous all-time high. Only a few dozen of this record-setting number can be attributed to the new Harry Potter book.
In July 2002, we broke the "100,000 circulations in a month" mark for the first time. This happened once in 2002, three times in 2003 and 2004, four times in 2005, eight times in 2006, and every month so far in 2007. In fifteen of the last nineteen months, our circ has been more than 100,000 items.
Many thanks to the community who uses the library, and to our hard-working staff and volunteers -- especially the Circulation staff and all those public service staff who work hard to promote summer reading!
But this sort of use reflects a true team effort, including those who select and process the materials and those who fill the restroom soap dispensers. It's the team working for community needs that makes this a great place to be!