Waimate Library is the place to be

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 26/08/2014

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Waimate residents are visiting their local library in record numbers.

The number of people that went through the library's doors between July 2013 and June 2014 reached 60,000, the highest number since the Waimate District Council started keeping records in 2009.

In 2000, a one-off count was conducted with 40,000 going through the doors.

Based on statistics the library's patronage has increased by 50 per cent over the last 14 years, according to a report by Waimate District Library senior librarian Tony Morton.

Council community services and planning manager Carolyn Johns, said the total of 60,000 also included people coming in to use other library services, such as the internet.

"The library has had a reasonably busy winter period," she said.

"The number of people using the library continues to grow."

She said other aspects of the library were also proving popular, such as a free wireless internet services.

"It's not only the people coming through the doors, but people using wi-fi. Some are coming in and some are not. Some are sitting in their cars to access it and that's fine."

The library's winter reading programme has also proved popular, with more than 60 children registering to take part.

Of the 60, 45 completed the programme in the allotted time between June 23 and August 1.

Several displays, such as the St Augustine Church bible display, Matt Henderson's stamp display and the current Anzac poppy display created by members of the Waimate Embroiderer's Guild, have also drawn people in.

Between June 12 2013 and 31 July this year, the library secured 32 new members.

The library had a circulation of 23,737, which includes books and electronic books issued, renewed, returned and reserved.

Mayor Craig Rowley said he was pleased to see the town's library being well-utilised.

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