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Friday, July 9, 2010

A record year, a record summer!

A public library really is one of the last great equalizers. Rich and poor, young and old, all races, all cultures are welcomed and served by public libraries. The power of public libraries to eclipse class and economic barriers is even greater today because they provide equal access to information to all, regardless of age, social status or wealth. It is one of the few places that any person, from any background can go and experience the same thing as any other person in their community.

In serving the community, the public library has recently broken all previous circulation records. The Friends of the Library program on July 7th drew a record crowd of over 300 people ranging in age from one year old to 90 years old. During the month of June, we established a new daily record of 702 circulation transactions on June 28th and a new monthly record of 8,209. Last year, the library recorded 75,778 circulation transactions and this year we are on track to record over 80,000. We have issued 28% more new user cards than the same period last fiscal year, and have experienced a 13.72% increase in circulation.

New non-fiction books include: “This Time Together: Laughter And Reflection” by Carol Burnett; “Spoken From The Heart” by Laura Welch Bush; “Oprah” by Kitty Kelley; “The Love Dare” by Stephen Kendrick; “Landmark: The Inside Story Of America's New Health Care Law And What It Means For Us All” no author; “Love Is The Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, And Everyday Miracles” by Nick Trout.

New mysteries include: “The Pallbearers” by Stephen J. Cannell; “Without Mercy” by Lisa Jackson; “Dead In The Family” by Charlaine Harris; “The 9th Judgment” by James Patterson; “Lucid Intervals” by Stuart Woods.

The children’s collection has many new dinosaur and Goosebumps books.
The young adult collection has new fiction books by P. C. Cast and L. J. Smith and “Hey, Get A Job!: A Teen Guide For Getting And Keeping A Job” by Jennie Withers.

For renewals, reserves, or to submit memorials, please contact the Public Library at 613 Quitman Street, Pittsburg, Texas 75686, 903-856-3302 or email us at pccpl@sbcglobal.net. Subscribe to our twitter feed, or become a fan of the library on Facebook.

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