Monday, August 26, 2019

UPDATE. Madison Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2018

Madison Public Library in the news:
‘The sky is the limit’: Take a look at the coming east side Pinney Library.  (Capital Times, 6/15/2019)
Next spring, the third-busiest library in the city will open a brand-new facility. It will be housed in the Royster Commons development at the corner of Dempsey and Cottage Grove roads. The building includes 16,000 square feet of commercial space and 86 apartments. 
The $10.2 million library project will result in a 20,000 square-foot space, significantly bigger than the old 12,000 square-foot area. The new space is meant to promote community, early literacy and play.
More youth, opioid epidemic seen as factors in increase in police calls to Madison libraries.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/29/2019)
Police calls to Madison’s neighborhood libraries have jumped by more than 50 percent since 2014, with officers responding as many as nine or 10 times per month to libraries on the South and Southwest sides.
Knife-wielding woman arrested outside Central Library, Madison police say10/5//2018 update starts here.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/1/2019)
Christine Johnson 36, no permanent address, was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct while armed, Madison police said.
Five middle-schoolers ticketed after disturbance at North Side Madison library.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/12/2019)

Police were called to the Lakeview Branch, 2845 N. Sherman Ave., at about 5 p.m. after a librarian was unable to remove a rowdy group of about 15 to 20 people between the ages of 11 and 13, spokesman Joel DeSpain said. 
“When officers arrived, the juveniles announced they did not have to leave, they did not have to listen to police, and police could not touch them,” DeSpain said. 
Video.  Mom says 11-year-old son was 'traumatized' by fight at library; librarians say kids refused to leaveV.  (, 3/12/2019)

30,000 books helped kids learn to read last year -- with more texts to come in 2019.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/6/2019)
Getting to the youngest students sooner than later can dramatically improve their confidence and ability, the United Way of Dane County and other strong community nonprofits have found. That’s why the United Way, Madison School District, Madison Public Library, and Madison School and Community Recreation program have expanded a similar program called Read Up, which distributes five free books to children who attend summer school in Madison.
Pinney Library to close Friday, reopen in temporary Cottage Grove Road space.  (Capital Times, 11/27/2018)
Madison is in the process of building the future permanent Pinney Library at 516 Cottage Grove Road in Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s Royster Corners mixed-use development project. However, project delays resulted in the the current lease ending before the the new library would be completed.

10/5/2018 update starts here.

Madison Public Library in the news:
Man causes $1.2k damage at Madison Public Library.  (WMTV, 2/9/2018)
Real Life Library Event Brings Living Books to Madison Public Library.  (City of Madison, 3/5/2018)
Man dies at library from likely overdose.  (Isthmus, 5/24/2018)
Man attacked in bathroom at Madison Public Library.  (WMtV, 10/3/2018)

10/29/2017 update starts here.

8/11/2016 update starts here.

Original 7/23/2015 posts starts here.

Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

In addition.  For the first 6 months of 2015, Madison Public Library Circulation is down 1.27%.

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