Lake County Library System libraries participated in “Snapshot: A Day in the Life of Florida Libraries” during the week of November 5, 2011. This year’s theme, “Get Caught Reading”, tells the story of the library’s value to the community. Libraries collected data and comments including the following: “The library has always been a huge part of my life. Ever since childhood I have counted on a library to fill my entertainment, dream and intellectual needs.” “We use the library a lot. We use it to check out books, research, work on the Internet, work on computers and make copies. As homeschoolers, the library is very important to us and we could not have the opportunities we have without it.” “I had my first genealogy lesson yesterday, and I am looking forward to finding my long lost relatives.”
This state-wide project coordinated by The Florida Library Association, in partnership with the State Library and Archives of Florida, illustrates the importance of libraries for Florida’s citizens through collection of statistics, stories and photographs documenting the fact that libraries continue to be relevant and essential to the community.
The following is the “Snapshot” of the Lake County Library System on that single day:
• 8,413 Lake County residents visited libraries.
• 7,456 books and other items were borrowed.
• 48 new patrons were registered.
• 2,429 visitors used a library computer.
• 80 people were taught computer skills.
• 1,364 people asked questions at the information desk.
• 69 students were helped with homework.
• 30 job seekers were assisted.
• 273 children, 62 teens and 144 adults attended programs at their library.
On a typical day at any Lake County library, dozens of people look for jobs online, apply for unemployment or other services, check out books or collaborate on projects or study. A Taxpayer Return on Investment study (2010) by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, University of West Florida was commissioned by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services. This report states that for every tax dollar received, Florida public libraries provided $8.32 in value. It also reports that libraries help people learn no matter what their age; improve communities by helping people learn new skills that lead to better jobs; and attract good businesses to the area.
For pictures of your library’s day check the website Photo Gallery.