Tuolumne County: After 100 years, library support remains strong despite decrease in population, funding

From Union Democrat

” As the Tuolumne County Library celebrates its 100-year anniversary this month, a dramatic increase in active cardholders since 2010 shows that support is still strong despite a declining population.The latest Tuolumne County Grand Jury report released earlier this month determined the library had 27,664 active cardholders in 2010, representing roughly 50 percent of the 55,365 residents at the time. That number increased to 32,372 active cardholders by the end of 2016, when the county’s population was recorded at 54,337.Meanwhile, 10-year statistics compiled for all public libraries in California show that visits to Tuolumne County’s have declined from a high of roughly 382,000 in the 2006-07 fiscal year to about 166,500 in 2015-16.Items checked out from the library have also declined from a high of about 220,000 in 2008-09 fiscal year to a low of 154,000 in 2015-16.National studies indicate that despite a steady decline of American visiting local libraries, the vast majority believes that their local library is doing well at serving the educational and learning needs of their community.”