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.”