Reading an actual or virtual book is still a popular pastime as the Headingley Municipal Library’s 2013 annual report shows.
While library visitor numbers were down slightly in 2013, those who did come into the building at 49 Alboro St. in Headingley borrowed more items.
There were 13,890 visits in 2013 compared to 15,031 in 2012. Last year, library users signed out 30,405 print items, 4,287 movies and 3,910 ebooks.
"The numbers fluctuate from year-to-year," said library board chair Margaret Mills.
The report states that 936 adults and 263 children were library members, with 240 members being non-residents. The Headingley library provides free membership for RM of Headingley residents and service to non-residents for $30 a year per family. The RMs of Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Macdonald offer an annual rebate for library membership to a maximum of $30 for Cartier and SFX residents and $50 for Macdonald residents.
In 2013, the library had 139 new patrons, which Mills said is a positive sign. She added that participation in library programs such as I Love to Read Month, pyjama storytime and the TD summer reading program was good.
Almost 3,500 new titles were added to the library’s collection in 2013, with surplus books sold at a fundraising sale organized by the Friends of the Library.
"We provide a really good service to people," Mills said.
Memorial plaques honouring Headingley’s first librarian, Audrey Teichroeb, and longtime library board member Pat Britton were placed in the reading area.
The 2013 library report is available at
More information on the library can be found at www.headingleylibrary.ca