Remember Snapshot Day in the library? You may have consented to have your photo taken and provided some comments on libraries. All these photos and comments from all over Florida were complied to show a ‘snapshot’ in one day in the life of Florida libraries. See the final photo stream and comments here: Snapshot Day
… Over 256,000 items were checked out in
libraries in the three counties last year.
…library staff answered and found information on more than 17,000 questions.
…almost 51,000 people used library computers.
…over 26,000 children, teens and adults visited the libraries for programs.
(Statistics for Oct. 1,2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.)
Is the library your ‘third place?’
Your third place is where you go to spend time…someplace in addition to your home and your workplace. For some people this might be Starbucks or other local business. For some it might be the library.
Ideally, a ‘third place’ should be free or inexpensive, accessible, close by, involve regulars, be welcoming and comfortable; food and drink are not essential but are nice. You can find old and new friends in your third place.
Libraries have been doing this; libraries can be a community center engaging you with others in a public place.
We’d love to see you in our third place!
Here’s a good blog post on libraries from a neat blog called Savvy Daddy.
Buildings are built and maintained, supplies are purchased. Local businesses can and do provide those services, again local businesses benefit.
… that there are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S?
…public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without internet connections at home, school, or work?
…Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more often than they go to the movies?
More library facts here.
The statewide return on investment increased from $6.54 in 2004 to $8.32 in 2008. The current study also examines the social value of public libraries and provides a return on investment calculation for each county.
Florida Libraries Support a Strong Economy
- Jobs Created — A job is created for every $3,491 of public support to Florida libraries.
- Income or Wages Increase — Income (wages) increases by $22.97 for every dollar of public support to libraries.
- Gross Regional Product Increases — The value of all goods and services produced in the state of Florida increases by $10.57 for every dollar of public support to libraries.
Libraries Provide Essential Services
- Public libraries help people learn new things no matter their age.
- Public libraries improve a community by helping people learn new skills so they can get better jobs.
- Public libraries attract good businesses to the area.