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Reading Really Does Pay Off

D.C. public libraries reports huge increase in usage



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    Folks in D.C. have gone to the library twice as much as they use to and it is now paying off.

    There was a 100 percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the D.C. Public Library system since 2006.
    “We doubled circulation in the last three years, and that’s remarkable”, said D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.
    She gave out 100 free gift bags at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library as a way to say thank you.
    According to D.C. Public Libraries, library usage increased 20 percent annually since 2006. By the end of October, folks had borrowed 2,547,052 library materials.
    “It’s your D.C. public library, be one of the people who uses it,” said Cooper.    
    The free gift bags included tickets to an upcoming Georgetown University basketball game and, of course, books.