Columbia County library sees increasing use

The upward spike has come since the rural library district took over operation of the Dayton facility.

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DAYTON -- By the numbers, the Columbia County Rural Library is doing well.

Patron visits, materials checked out, visits to the library's website, and new materials have all increased each of the last three years.

Library Director Janet Lyon gave Columbia County Commissioners a rundown on the library's activities at their meeting Monday.

Another increase worth noting is in the use of the Delany Building for events and meetings. While visits to the library increased by 13 percent between 2009 and 2010, people using the Delany Building increased by more than 70 percent during the same time period. The number of groups using the facility increased by almost 76 percent, from 253 in 2009 to 445 in 2010.

Lyon said the library basement conference room is also available for meetings.

Young adult materials showed the greatest increase in use, with an increase of nearly 27 percent checked out in 2010 than in 2009. Children's materials showed no difference, while adult material check-out went up by 6.5 percent.

The only decrease show was in programs, and this is because there was less money available, Lyon said.

Lyon told commissioners a program called "Cowboy and Cowgirl Songs," will be held March 31 in the Delany room. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and features cowboy musicians Nevada Slim & Cimmaron Sue.

Another upcoming program is May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program features Max Grinnell, who will talk about "Travel Tips and Writing."

The Rural Library District took over management of the Dayton Memorial Library in 2008. Voters in Dayton voted to annex the city into the Columbia County Rural Library District in August 2009.

For a complete listing of library events and other information go to www.ccrld.lib.wa.us.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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