April 2, 2009
National Library Week 2009, April 12-18, 2009
On March 18, 2009, the California State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 27 -- Relative to National Library Week. The resolution recognizes the tremendous value of public libraries that serve as centers for education, information, knowledge, and entertainment by helping the general public, students, faculty, and researchers obtain the best, most accurate, and complete information.
California's public libraries change lives by serving users of all ages especially in these difficult economic times, and Berkeley Public Library is no exception:
- Almost 1.8 million items were borrowed from the Berkeley Public Library by just under 85,000 borrowers last year, an 8.4% jump and double the rate of increase over the previous year.
- The Library saw almost 1 million visits to its "electronic branch," BerkeleyPublicLibrary.org, with library card holders using full-text journals, online tutoring, and homework help, and more, all free.
- The Library held over 1,500 programs for people of all ages, with total attendance of 35,298. 1,137 of these events were for preschool or schoolage audiences.