Banner year for library in the books


GREENFIELD — It was the best year yet for the Hancock County Public Library, director Dave Gray told the board this week, pointing out a record-breaking 906,984 check-outs for 2013.

Digital downloads of music, movies and books are certainly the main reason for the boost in circulation, as this marked the first year that traditional printed books made up less than half of the materials circulated.

But Gray says as more patrons are leaning toward digital content, the library is doing its best at keeping up with the trends while still offering traditional materials.

“Now, our next goal is 1 million (items circulated),” Gray said. “We’ll be working hard to achieve that.”

The materials checked out in 2013 mark a big jump from the year before. There were 92,457 more materials checked out in 2013 compared to 2012 – an 11 percent increase.

Of the 906,984 check-outs, 12 percent were digital downloads; 40 percent were non-print materials such as DVDs, CDs and video games; and 48 percent were printed books and magazines.

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