Do you have some pesky library fines you would like to clear up? It’s that time of year again, when the library has Food for Fines. From November 4 to November 27, patrons can bring in a canned food item and clear up $1 in fines for each can of food; up to $10 maximum allowed. Please be sure the date on the canned items is current.
At a recent Library Board meeting, our library was given information on our statistics and we want to share that information. In fiscal year 2019 (beginning July 1, 2018, and going through June 30, 2019), the library had 37,590 visits. The population of Dade County is a little over 16,000. During the same time period we circulated 44,251 items (books, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, park passes and other items).
Our library is serving our community in important ways. We have 6,357 library cardholders and 1,100 people met in one of our meeting rooms during FY2019. Our library helps people stay connected. During FY2019, we had 5,852 computer sessions and 21,449 WiFi sessions both during and outside of library hours. Yes, our WiFi is available outside the library 24/7.
Our library offers quality programs to the community or facilitates programs offered by other organizations. We had 2,526 children and teens attend 219 programs at the library. We had 4,233 people attending 59 programs for adults and families. During the month of June, the library handed out 719 lunches to children. The lunches were provided by the schools’ lunch program and the library got them to the children.
The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 19, to discuss The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. It’s a political thriller which offers several scary possibilities. Anyone is welcome. We meet at 7 p.m.
Linda Wilson is everybody's favorite retired English teacher and a faithful library volunteer. Email her at email@example.com.