Sunday, August 14, 2016

UPDATE. Racine Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015

Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent RPL news:
Racine Public Library turns up the heat with wi-fi hotspots.  (Racine Journal Times, 7/6/2016)
The library announced Wednesday that it has 10 Wi-Fi hotspots that can be checked out with a library card and taken off library property. The hotspots, which connect phones and computers and other digital devices to the internet, can be checked out for one week and may be renewed if no other patrons are waiting.

Racine Public Library need renovation and expansion.  (Racine Journal Times, 6/19/2016)
Space needs can be seen when story time has to accommodate too many children in its designated area. It can be seen when one of the many popular adult programs requires chairs to be dragged into a second-floor patron space, causing others to complain of the noise. It can be seen by the long waiting lists for computer training because its current space can only accommodate seven patrons at a time. And it can be seen by the constant back and forth of makerspace materials to areas that have to serve multiple uses.

Ad hoc committee wants to add third floor to library.  (Racine Journal Times, 6/12/2016)
The biggest benefit of adding the third floor will be an enclosed meeting space which could hold between 200 and 250 people, according to the architects. The library is in desperate need of such a space, Nash said. “They need an enclosed large meeting room, which they do not have,” she said. “They’re having to use floor space, where people are trying to study, to have meetings.”

Racine Public Library plan would make student IDs into library cards.  (Racine Journal Times, 2/18/2016)
Every student in the Racine Unified School District would be able to access the Racine Public Library with his or her own student identification card at their own school library under a newly proposed partnership. Although the pilot program would start with just one school, officials’ goal is to eventually give every student an ID that doubles as a library card.

Original 8/20/2015 post starts here.

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

Racine Public Library

Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (7/23/2015)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (7/25/2015)
Brown County Public Library. (7/26/2015)
Appleton Public Library.  (7/27/2015)
Waukesha Public Library.  (7/29/2015)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (7/31/2015)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/2/2015)
La Crosse Public Library. (8/15/2015)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/17/2015)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/18/2015)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/19/2015)

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