Excerpt: They’ve been watching the numbers pretty closely at the Summit Free Public Library. The library is always a busy place, but this year has been especially lively. Every month, library card holders have borrowed an unprecedented number of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and other materials. During the summer, it became clear that if the trend continued, total number of items borrowed in 2009 would go over 300,000 – an all-time record for annual circulation.
The record was broken by the end of November: over 300,000 items borrowed during the year to date. "This is exciting news," said Library Director Glenn Devitt, "especially since the year isn’t over yet. We’re all eager to see what the final number will be."