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Flathead County Library System
FY 2011 Quick Facts
(July 2010 - June 2011)
FCLS cardholders checked out 601,956 books, movies, music CDs and audiobooks from our libraries. Had they purchased these same items, it would have cost over 12 million dollars!
The popularity of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks has skyrocketed in Flathead County. FCLS customers checked out and downloaded over 12,000 items from FCLS's digital collection.
Our customers visited our libraries 401,193 times.
514 programs, such as pre-school storytimes and teen gatherings, saw 14,409 attendees.
FCLS customers used public computers 145,263 times to access email, the internet, and FCLS's online databases.
Library services in Flathead County cost users an average of $16.00 per person, far less than the cost of a single hardcover book at Amazon.com.
Try this Library Calculator to see how much money YOU save when you use the Flathead County Library System.
|On Wednesday, September 14, FCLS and libraries across the state celebrated Montana Library Day. We asked for comments from library customers, took photos, and gathered statistics.
There were many happy library visitors that day, and storytime at the Main Library was a big hit, featuring stories about gardens and a sunflower craft.
Survey comments finishing the phrase “I love my library because...” included:
“Great access to books through Flathead Library sharing. I love it! Cheerful and helpful librarians too! Thank you for all you do!” –Rebecca Miller
“It gets my son excited about reading.” –Cassie Heitz
“Great people, great service, great environment, just great!” –Rustin Hineman
“The staff are friendly. They smile!” –Elder Wilkins
“It’s like going to Grandma’s! Everything is so warm and cozy!! Thank you.” –S.T.
“It has manga!” –Julie
“Everyone is always so kind and helpful. We always get the attention we need. My 3-year-old loves coming to the library!”
“I’d be lost without it!” –Pam Haglund
“The people who work here are so gracious, accommodating, and kind.” –Jim Dettmann
“It has a teen section and awesome books.”
“It’s my library – it goes waaay back to the bookmobile when I was in grade school. Comfort.” :-) –Terry Lorentzen
The Flathead County Library System had 1,368 visitors and 1,797 checkouts on September 14. Our libraries issued 23 new library cards and answered nearly 200 reference questions.
Statewide results will soon be available on the Montana State Library website. See pictures from participating libraries on the Montana State Library's Flickr page.
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