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One Million Mark Reached at Canton Public Library

CANTON, MI— When Parminder Kaur of Canton stepped up to the Checkout Desk at the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, she had no idea her materials were of any particular significance. But, in fact, Kaur’s check out put the library’s total circulation at 1,000,000 items for the year 2008, an annual milestone first set in November 2002.

Library Director Eva Davis reports that a circulation increase averaging nearly five percent has pushed the one million circulation mark to an earlier point in the calendar.

“Overall, library usage has been up, which is typical in times of economic hardship,” says Davis. “Summer reading participation is high this year and that has increased our circulation. Also, we have removed limits on some items in response to patron requests, so they are free to check out more items at a time. The public library is a great deal when you are watching your budget.”

Research conducted in 2002 by the American Library Association found that in times of economic difficulties people turn to their libraries and librarians, according to then ALA President John W. Berry. "Libraries are America's great information equalizers - the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians."

Kaur was presented with a library tote bag filled with prizes from the library and $50 Jungle Java gift certificate.

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