RACINE - The Racine Public Library's bookmobile set a new record in 2011 for items checked out.
The 100,000 items checked out of the bookmobile last year were the most ever, said Bob Margis, head of circulation.
"In this economy, we like to show the value of the services that we provide and the bookmobile is definitely a core service of what we do," Margis said.
It's also targeted when there are funding issues, Margis said, so it's nice when the bookmobile has such good years.
The bookmobile is all about location, he said - the Thursday stop at Erie Street and 3 Mile Road has always been popular, and a newer stop on Fridays at Highway 31 and Spring Street also is doing well.
Staff have also been tweaking how they select materials and trying to stay at some locations longer, he said.
Use of the main library went up as well, an increase of 7.8 percent from 2010, Margis said.
"I would say our last three years have been among our busiest years ever, and a lot of that has to do with the poor economy," he said, adding the recent remodeling project also generated some interest.
Library use was up from 2010, when the remodel took place, although not quite as high as in 2009, Margis said.
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Racine Public Library’s most checked-out books of 2011:
1. “Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue”
2. “The Help”
3. “The Postcard Killers”
1. “Disney’s Princess Treasury”
2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
3. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”