Earlier this month, staff, volunteers and supporters of the Stillwater Public Library celebrated National Library Week. For those of us who serve on the Stillwater Public Library Board of Trustees, the annual observance found us reflecting on all the incredible things that have happened at the library over the last few years.
During the past five years, we’ve seen nearly a million visits — yes, one million — to the library. Library patrons have taken part in countless book club meetings, children’s story times and focused (and surely some not-so-focused) study sessions. In 2012, our patrons borrowed more than 300,000 items from the library. We’ve seen the popularity of e-book lending soar as we work hard to make sure the supply of e-books can keep up with the demand.
Most recently, we’ve seen countless smiles of surprised delight when patrons learn that, through a new service called Zinio, they have access to hundreds of free digital magazines — free to download, free to read, free to keep. Forever.
More than anything, National Library Week made us stop to thank the people and groups who make all of this possible: our library staff, our volunteers, the City Council, the residents of Stillwater and surrounding communities, our friends at Washington County Libraries, our donors and benefactors, the Stillwater Public Library Foundation, the Friends@SPL and so many others who have given so generously of their time and treasure to support this wonderful library. On behalf of the libary, thank you all.
President, Stillwater Public Library Board of Trustees