With this week being National Library Week, we're celebrating the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. Today's libraries are at the heart of our cities and towns, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture, or income level, can come together to connect and learn.
Libraries are a smart investment. Did you know that for every dollar spent on Ohio public libraries, Ohioans recevied $5.48 in economic value? Or that Americans go to public libraries more often than they go to the movie theatre? In 2016, there were 1.4 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the United States, or about 4 million visits each day - or roughly 2,664 visits per minute.
In 2018, the Washington County Public Library served more than 28,500 patrons and hosted almost 1,000 programs across our six locations. We circulated more than 683,000 items throughout our county, and had more than 113,000 items borrowed from our digital collections.
Libraries mean so many things to so many people: they provide free access to media, host fascinating programs and events, and strengthen our communities through education and lifelong learning. Join us in celebrating all the ways our libraries serve our communities! National Library Week is an exciting opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the value of libraries and the impact they make.
Learn more in The State of American's Libraries 2019: A Report from the American Library Association, released this week.