Link to January 3 Rockford Register Star article.
James is among the many Rock River Valley residents leaning on their local public libraries while money is tight at home. Library patrons are saving hundreds of dollars on high-speed Internet, printer ink cartridges and movie rentals by using their local library.
“I need this library. I need this computer,” said James, a former legal aide, who discontinued her home Internet service after losing her full-time job in mid-November. “I work some nights, but I need something more dependable. There just isn’t much out there.”
Library usage is up throughout the region, say Rock River Valley librarians. More people are walking through library doors this year, more library materials are circulating among cardholders, computer usage is experiencing a bump, and more people are attending library programs.