Local public libraries show increases in circulation numbers
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:36

North Point, Sollers Point both boost total lending figures

 by John G. Bailey

    Numbers do not lie. Increased circulation figures over the last two consecutive years at Sollers Point and North Point libraries show progress in serving the needs of community residents.
    At the Sollers Point branch, the number of items checked out by library patrons in fiscal year 2014 increased by 3,897 from 2013, a jump of 15.3 percent. This follows a nearly 50 percent increase from 2012 to 2013.
    At the North Point branch, circulation numbers rose to 570,085 in 2014 from 534,212 in 2013, a 6.7 percent increase. Circulation figures for the preceding year showed a bounce of 1.4 percent.
    Reasons for the circulation increases at both libraries is the elimination of DVD rental fees and the addition of new Sunday hours, which expanded service to seven days a week, according to branch managers Yvette May of Sollers Point Library and Joanie Bradford of North Point Library. At Sollers Point, DVDs and video games accounted for 30 percent of all materials taken out in fiscal year 2014 and at North Point, DVDs are the highest circulating item.
    Bradford noted other popular items at North Point: adult fiction and children’s books and Playaways — audiobooks preloaded onto small cassettes, which allow for flexible listening options.

National Night Out: Community events invite neighbors to come together
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:21
North Point Village to hold National Night Out event Aug. 5
The North Point Village Civic Association will hold its annual National Night Out festivities on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Battle Grove Park, located at the corners of New Battle Grove Road and Eder Road. 
    The event will feature free ice cream, water, snacks and crafts for the kids, as well as useful information for residents. County police liaison officers will be on hand to meet and greet residents.
    For more information, call 410-477-4095 or e-mail npvca@hotmail.com.
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