Moeller reported that 21,580 people visited the library in 2017. She also noted that 55% of residents within the city limits of Dell Rapids, as well as the rural Dell Rapids residents, have a library card. The library also saw 2,333 children and teens attend library programs in 2017.
“We had a really awesome year in 2017. We’re hoping to continue that,” said Moeller.
Moeller also reported that since 2017 the library has added 500 new patrons and has seen an internal circulation of in-house items increase by 5,000 items as well.
Library staff is now preparing for the 2018 summer reading program. Registration for the program opened on May 14th. The reading portion as well as the programming and activities will start the first week of June and will run for eight weeks through July. There will be activities and programming for preschool aged all the way through teens and adults.
“We appreciate the work you do at the library and the rest of the staff. It pleases me to no end to see the use and increases, and particularly the children. I think that’s just fantastic. It’s a wonderful, great thing,” said Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley during Moeller’s report on Monday, May 7th.