Truro li­brary tra c in­creases dra­mat­i­cally dur­ing past year

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

Les­ley Brann knew a lot of peo­ple were us­ing the li­brary, but she was still sur­prised when she saw the num­bers.

Since open­ing in the new build­ing, in Oc­to­ber 2016, there have been 4,069 new mem­bers sign up.

“It’s ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Brann, who is ad­min­is­tra­tor of adult and outreach ser­vices.

“We av­er­aged 55 peo­ple an hour com­ing in dur­ing the sum­mer months, and that was up 12.47 per cent from the same pe­riod last year.

“Our busiest month since open­ing was March 2018, when we had 13,517 vis­i­tors.”

Elec­tronic coun­ters reg­is­ter the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing through the doors.

“Some peo­ple bor­row and leave, some meet friends here, study, or play games, and the chil­dren’s area is ex­tremely busy,” said Brann.

“We’re get­ting a lot of young peo­ple who weren’t here be­fore. I counted more than 100 teens here, work­ing on projects or study­ing, one day.”

Some peo­ple visit Truro, specif- ically to see the li­brary.

More groups are meet­ing at the li­brary, which is com­pletely ac­ces­si­ble and has Wi- ac­cess through­out.

“It’s been em­braced,” said

Brann. “It’s de nitely be­come a com­mu­nity cen­tre for the town and the area.”

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

Truro’s li­brary has now been open in its new home for two years. Sta were sur­prised to see how much li­brary use has in­creased since the move.

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