By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — Circulation at the Pinson Public Library has increased by nearly double the amount from 2012 to 2013, according to Library Director April Wallace.
In the library’s second year of operation, circulation has increased by more than 25,000, from just more than 34,000 in 2012 to 59,570 this year. The library has also had more than 32,000 customers this year, up 10,000 from last year. The number of books available for checkout have nearly doubled from more than 5,700 last year to just less than 10,000 now.
“We try to keep pushing ourselves to provide more programs and services that the community will enjoy,” Wallace said. “We want to have something for everyone. If someone has a suggestion or comment we love to hear feedback. They can connect through social media, drop by the library or send us an email.”
Pinson City Councilwoman Dawn Tanner earlier this month asked when the library would need more space before it could grow any more, but no time frame has been discussed. Wallace said the library won’t be able to add to its collection for much longer. She said it may be another year before the library has to pull items from the shelves to make room for new items.
“We just purchased two taller shelves to move our DVD collection but we don’t have much more wall space to put additional shelving,” Wallace said.
The reading program over the summer was a success and doubling the computer lab’s size earlier this year has been a help, too.
“I, along with the library staff, am very pleased with the continued growth of the library,” Wallace said. “The first year was a big question mark. No one was certain what kind of response we would have. But this second year of tremendous growth really proves that the library was needed in Pinson.”
Lee Weyhrich contributed to this story.
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