Link to December 26 Wisconsin Rapids Tribune article, "Library reaches record use numbers".
Excerpt: The year 2008 was record-breaking for library use. To our surprise and delight, 2009 topped 2008 in almost every service category. Last year, the library loaned a total of 489,554 books and other materials. This year, we passed the 500,000 mark with two weeks remaining in December. Adult programming attendance rose from 3,756 last year to 5,371 in 2009. It is great to see so many people enjoying the library's educational and cultural resources.