Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Library is a bee hive of activity

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RANDOLPH — If you want to know where the action is in town – check out the Lied Randolph Public Library.

Randolph’s library is a “living, breathing community resource” that provides programming and technology, along with a wide variety of services to the community, according to Library Director Peggy Leiting.

Leiting updated the Randolph City Council with figures and information on the library during the Jan. 8 Council meeting.

The library had another busy year with right at 12,600 people visiting the library during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

“We had 12,599 people visit the library with 3,868 of them using our computers,” Leiting said.

The library has 20 computers that are available with high-speed internet.

The library offered 197 programs for children and young adults with a total attendance of 2,732.

Legos, story hour, after school programs, story walks and the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program are included in the programs for children.

Story walks promote reading and health benefits for kids.

“One page – from a children’s story – is put up in the outside windows of several business places around town. The children walk from page to page to read the story,” Leiting said. “We have walked the path ahead of time and have calculated the length. We can tell the kids how far they have walked after they complete the story.”

The current story walk is posted in the halls at the elementary school.

The “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is new and encourages parents or others to read 1,000 books with young children before they enter kindergarten.

The library offered 59 programs for adults, which had a total attendance of 377.

The library’s collection holds 13,137 books, 3,320 electronic books, 146 audio books, 1,334 DVDs, 36 magazine subscriptions and two newspaper subscriptions. Other items in the collection include four GPS units, cake pans, Cricut cartridges and preschool activity kits.

“Last year we circulated 15,457 items from our collection,” Leiting said.

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