National Library week is April 13-19, 2014. The theme for this year's celebration is "Lives Changed @ your library!" In one year, 299.9 million people are served by one of the 8,956 public libraries in the United States. There are 1.53 billion in-person visits, or 4.2 million each day.
Those individuals borrow 2.44 billion items. That averages to 8.1 items per person (one-third of those items were children's materials). For those worried that eBooks may do away with libraries, compare there figures with 1998, the first year libraries began loaning eBooks. In 1998, libraries saw 1.1 billion visits and loaned 1.7 billion items, an average of 6.6 items per capita.
The important number to get from all this is one. One person, one life, one change. That is what makes a library most important, the fact that one piece of information, one learned skill, one new discovery can lead to so many possibilities. Celebrate all the discoveries yet to be made and join us at Wicomico Public Library.