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January 15, 2013

BOOK SMARTS

Salem library has highest circulation in the region

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Library staff do literacy and library outreach in the Salem Public Schools; one librarian also does bilingual story times at day care centers in The Point neighborhood.

The library’s most recent major renovation was in the 1980s, Tracy said.

The library building itself is a piece of Salem’s history. Built in the 1850s, it was originally the home of John Bertram, a sea captain, merchant and railroad investor, and his family.

Bertram died in 1882, and his family donated the home to the city of Salem, for use as a public library, in 1887. The library opened its doors in July 1889.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: BY THE NUMBERS

15: number of full-time staff members

30 (approximately): part-time staff, including high school pages

68: hours open, per week

3,372: hours open, per year

236,305: visitors in fiscal 2012

537: followers of @SalemMALibrary on Twitter.com

16: computers available for Internet use

493,000: items taken out from the library in fiscal 2012

263,473: books borrowed (97,010 children’s books, 166,463 adult)

4,897: e-books borrowed

176,722: video/DVD items borrowed (33,309 children’s items; 143,413 adult)

40,454: audio materials borrowed

56,121: transactions (people asking questions) at the reference desk

320: children’s programs held

9,184: people who attended children’s programs

Note: All data is for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30.

Source: Salem Public Library director Nancy Tracy

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