Well, the cops were ready for her, as I was told later. She drove up to the building where their HQ was and double parked in front of it. She stormed in and demanded her driver's license, at which point the cops asked her how she got over here so fast. "I drove!" she said, pointing back at her double parked car. "So I'm going to have to write you up for driving without a license," the cop replied. She did not take that well.
In-person visits also are up 10 percent compared with a 2006 ALA household survey. Seventy-six percent of Americans visited their local public library in the past year, compared with 65.7 percent two years ago. Online visits to libraries are up even more substantially – with 41 percent of library card holders visiting their library Web sites in the past year, compared with 23.6 percent in 2006. This finding complements the ALA’s 2008 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, which found that public libraries have significantly increased the Internet services available to their communities – including online homework help, downloadable audio and video, and e-books.
In FY 2007, total nationwide circulation of public library materials was 2.2 billion, or 7.4 materials circulated per capita; these were slight increases from the 2.1 billion total materials and 7.3 materials per capita that were circulated during FY 2006.
• The growth in per capita circulation from FY 2006 to FY 2007 was a continuation of the steady growth that has occurred since FY 2000. Per capita circulation grew from 6.4 materials per person to 7.4 materials per person from FY 2000 to FY 2007, an increase of 16 percent
• Nationwide, 49.9 million library materials were loaned by public libraries to other libraries. There was a 14 percent increase between this figure and the FY 2006 total
• Nationwide, reference transactions in public libraries totaled 292 million, or 1.0 reference transactions per capita (Table 8). This was a small decrease from the 295 million reference transactions that occurred during FY 2006.
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