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en­ergy ef­fi­cient as we can.”

An in­te­rior fea­ture ed­u­cat­ing vis­i­tors to the li­brary and about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able tips for liv­ing is also be­ing con­sid­ered.

Con­struc­tion on the li­brary is sched­uled to be­gin in early 2009 with an open­ing set for sum­mer 2010. The li­brary will fea­ture a chil­dren’s room, a teen room, a ref­er­ence area, a quiet read­ing room, study rooms, a meet­ing room and com­put­ers with In­ter­net ac­cess. The li­brary will be 18,000 square feet, mak­ing it more than half the size of the main Cov­ing­ton branch.

In other li­brary sys­tem news, foot traf­fic has sharply in­creased in re­cent months to the Floyd Street li­brary, which is al­ready one of the most heav­ily uti­lized li­braries in the state.

Heid at­trib­uted the in­crease in vis­i­tors to the re­ces­sion. With less dis­cre­tionary in­come to spend on trips to movies and vis­its to the mall, more res­i­dents are turn­ing to the li­brary to fill their en­ter­tain­ment needs.

“Through­out the re­ces­sion­ary pe­ri­ods over the last 20 years I’ve seen this hap­pen with li­braries,” he said. “Our cir­cu­la­tion is in­creas­ing 5 to 6 per­cent over last year. We had only ex­pected it to in­crease 2 to 3 per­cent.”

In ad­di­tion to higher DVD and book rentals, us­age of the li­brary’s com­put­ers has also sharply in­creased said Heid as more res­i­dents log on to ap­ply for jobs and work on their ré­sumés. Classes at the li­brary on how to find and land a job and how to write a ré­sumé have had high at­ten­dance. More classes will be held in the spring.

“I’m happy that we’re here so that we can help them with books and DVDs and help them find jobs,” Heid said.

Com­mu­nity re­sponse to the Friends of the Li­brary Gift Tree, which en­cour­ages res­i­dents to buy new books for the li­brary to re­plen­ish its shelves, has been down this year, also as a re­sult of the re­ces­sion.

“I think we’ll have half the re­sponse that we had last year and it’s be­cause peo­ple just don’t have the ex­tra money to spend,” Heid said. “I think we’re see­ing the same re­sults as a lot of non­profit agen­cies. Peo­ple just don’t have the ex­tra cash now to be able to give us do­na­tions.”

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