"State of the Library" Report and Upcoming Book Sale

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Library advisory board member Doug Petrowski recently presented a “State of the Library” report to the Mountlake Terrace City Council. The Library Advisory Board, as with the other city boards and commissions, reports periodically to the city council; the previous report of the Library board to the council was June, 2008.

Here area few 2009 statistics from the report:
Items check out in 2009: 191,000
Reference questions answered: 33,500
Items put “on hold” for visitors: 10,600
Programs: 451, attended by 4,300 adults, 1,500 teens and 5,000 children
Library visitors: 143,281
Staff: 14 (plus 5 substitutes)

Read the entire report here [PDF].

Needed upgrades

The agreement between the City of Mountlake Terrace and Sno-Isle Libraries calls for the city to provide a suitable facility for the district to operate library functions in. The current building has served this purpose since October, 1988.

There are several needs the Library Advisory Board recognizes for the existing facilities: roof replacement, HVAC system replacement and furniture replacement.

Currently, the City does not have the funds to meet the needs of the library (approximately $150,000). On May 17, the MLT City Council approved placing a Civic Campus bond issue on the November ballot. Sine the library is part of the Civic Campus, the bond issue included $145,000 to fund the library upgrades.

MLT Friends of the Library Book Sale June 12

The MLT friends of the library is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers joining together to support the library and its programs. They are having a book sale on Saturday, June 12 from 10am to 2pm at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Proceeds from the book sale will help fund reading programs and library events throughout the year.

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