Va­ri­ety at the li­brary

DVDs and au­dio books pop­u­lar at Glace Bay branch

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD & AREA - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

It’s not just books that draws Diane Reid to the Glace Bay branch of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary.

Reid loves to bor­row DVDs, de­scrib­ing it as “con­ve­nient.”

“I like get­ting them from the li­brary be­cause you don’t have to bring them back right away, you have two weeks,” said the Donkin woman. Reid is not alone. A to­tal of 50,402 DVDs were bor­rowed from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary — which in­cludes the McCon­nell in Syd­ney and 11 other branches — over the past year.

A to­tal of 23,110 DVDs were bor­rowed at the Syd­ney li­brary with the Glace Bay li­brary fol­low­ing with 8,774 with­drawls. The next high­est was 4,261 in North Syd­ney, 2,804 in New Water­ford and 2,206 in Syd­ney Mines.

Reid, who worked at the Donkin li­brary for 37 years, has loved movies since she was a child and prefers the li­brary over a com­puter.

“There’s no where to rent (DVDs) any­more.”

Faye MacDougall, re­gional li­brar­ian for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary, said DVDs and au­dio books are ex­tremely pop­u­lar in Glace Bay.

MacDougall said the pop­u­la­tion is higher in Glace Bay and the New Water­ford li­brary’s numbers are down due to ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions last year.

MacDougall said as video rental stores be­gan to close more peo­ple be­gan turn­ing to the li­brary to ac­cess DVDs.

“They may not have In­ter­net at home or a sub­scribed site like Net­flix,” she said.

“This is be­com­ing one of the last places they can ac­tu­ally ac­cess (DVDs).”

As well MacDougall said they have 1,300 au­dio books through­out the re­gional li­brary sys­tem, which many peo­ple use while do­ing an­other ac­tiv­ity such as knit­ting or clean­ing or they are used by some­one with a vis­ual im­pair­ment.

There is a full col­lec­tion of au­dio books for adults and a smaller col­lec­tion for chil­dren.

“They can go to any branch and if the branch doesn’t have (a par­tic­u­lar ti­tle) then we’ll re­quest it from a branch that does have that ti­tle.”

A to­tal of 690 au­dio books were checked out of the Glace Bay branch last year com­pared to 157 in North Syd­ney, 64 in New Water­ford and 23 in Syd­ney Mines.

There were also more than 33,000 down­loads of e-books and au­dio books last year through­out the li­brary sys­tem.

MacDougall said many of the branches are quite busy and at­tract res­i­dents for rea­sons unique to the com­mu­nity such as the New Water­ford branch where the youth pro­grams are well at­tended.

“In New Water­ford they have a girl power group and that has been very pop­u­lar.”

She said the Bad­deck branch is well used, adding it is a good ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and serves a good part of Vic­to­ria County.

Cindy Tiller, man­ager of the Glace Bay branch, has been with the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary since 1980 and at the Glace Bay branch since 1982.

“I think (DVD/au­dio book rentals) has an aw­ful lot to do with the video stores clos­ing but also with the price of cable and fi­bre-op jump­ing by leaps and bounds. I think some peo­ple don’t have cable and might use the DVDs to sup­ple­ment their en­ter­tain­ment. “

She said at the Glace Bay li­brary there are 1,109 DVDs and 86 au­dio books as well as VHS tapes with pop­u­lar pro­grams not avail­able on DVD.

Natasha Ea­son of Sandy’s GMV in Syd­ney, says as far as she knows there isn’t any­where to rent DVDs in the CBRM.

“To buy them used, peo­ple come to us now or the flea mar­ket.”

She said there is a big turnover at the store.

“We prob­a­bly have more than 4,000 DVDs if not more.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Diane Reid, left, of Donkin looks through DVDs at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary’s Glace Bay branch with as­sis­tance from man­ager Cindy Tiller. A to­tal of 8,774 DVDs and 690 au­dio books were checked out at the Glace Bay branch last year.

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