Business is Booming at the Library

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - With a sputtering economy, many people are headed to the Midland County Library in droves.

"My son has to read fifteen minutes everyday and more as he gets in higher grades and there is no way I could afford to buy all those books, he goes through a lot," Erin Hunter, a library patron, said.

Hunter and her children visit the library weekly during the summer.

"They have many story times throughout the week and bilingual story time," she said.

At the branch library, card renewals are up 100 percent from last June and new members are also up 100 percent.

The county librarian explained that computers seem to be a big draw

"We already saw the biggest single usage day ever this summer. Since more people are using the computer we have had to ask people that their time is up on the computer," County Librarian Denise Johnson, said.

She tell NewsWest 9, that the up tick in patrons is one positive in the wake of the ailing economy.

"It reminds people of the purpose of the library, you have already paid for the services with your taxes are prepaid," she said.

Hunter says the library plays an important role as her kids grow.

"In my opinion there just isn't a reason not to take advantage of that regardless of the economy," Hunter said.