RACINE - The Racine Public Library this week will reach a milestone. Officials are not exactly sure when it will happen, but sometime Thursday, the library will have checked out 1 million items to patrons in 2009.
The library's head of circulation, Bob Margis, said it was only fitting to celebrate the occasion - call it a circulation celebration if you will - and what better way to celebrate than with cake.
The public can help celebrate at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 75 Seventh St., in the youth services department. Remember, there will be cake.
So, why is this important and who is counting? Well, other libraries for one, Margis said.
"Among libraries it is kind of one of those things. It does show how heavily we've been used this year," Margis said. "Part of that is due to the economy."
This doesn't account for the increased usage throughout the library, Margis said.
Ten percent more people are checking out materials and 20 percent more people are registering for library cards.
More people are attending programs, borrowing items from other libraries, asking the staff more questions, using the Internet, and researching homework assignments, according to the library.