For every tax dollar invested by Park County, citizens receive $5.21 back in library collections, services, programs and facility use. This is a 98 cent increase over services tracked and published in 2016. For details visit parkcountylibrary.org/FY2017calculations.
The library system enjoys broad community support, not only in terms of county funding, but, by the 259,883 people who visited in fiscal year 2017. In return, the library staff strives to provide a quality experience for patrons of all ages.
Library card holders in Park County borrowed nearly six million dollars’ worth of materials from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Books in audio, large print, paperback, electronic and hard back, DVDs, newspapers, magazines and music CDs account for the majority of services enjoyed.
The popularity of eBooks declined among Park County readers, which reflects a national preference according to Pew Research Center. “A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats,” Pew reports. For details visit pewinternet.org/2016/09/01/book-reading-2016.
Librarians continue to help patrons download audio and eBooks to their devices at more than four times the rate recorded last year. The library as community hub is amply demonstrated by steady wireless and public computer use.
Meeting room use by the entire community increased 25% over last year. Attendance at the libraries’ 1200 programs exceeded 25,000 people. The most remarkable increase was in children’s programs. Children also exhibited the largest increase in hard cover books borrowed.
Volunteer hours total more than 1000 for each of the last two years, which does not include the time donated by members of the Friends of the Cody Library. Their tireless efforts have created an in-library bookstore and the proceeds subsidize the county budget. Unmet needs are also underwritten by private donations to the Park County Library Foundation. Their joint contributions account for at least another 10 percent in revenue.