Augusta Liddic/The Daily TimesFrank Nordstrom browses books at the Farmington Library on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The library is among one of the items
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Frank Nordstrom browses books at the Farmington Library on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The library is among one of the items paid for by tax dollars.
FARMINGTON Over the last decade, more than 4.6 million people have used the Farmington Public Library's facility at 2101 Farmington Ave., which city officials say is evidence of its importance to the community.

August 2013 will mark the library's 10th anniversary.

If 2012 usage and attendance numbers are any indicator, the coming year should bring continued success, officials say.

The library had 441,047 visitors, 467,674 checkouts and 28,343 downloads of electronic titles in 2012. And the library's programs and classes were popular, with 63,911 people attending.

Computer access also proved to be a popular service, with 92,067 people logging on last year.

These numbers are indicators of the library's success and popularity, said Mayor Tommy Roberts.

"I am often approached by people in the community that express praise for the library," he said. "I don't see the city's level of commitment decreasing in the future."

The last year also saw a major upgrade to library management automation systems, which serves as the infrastructure for all of the library's services. The project involved major server and software updates, and a data transfer of all library information to the new system.

The upgrades also allowed the library to expand its technical services such as its technology petting zoo, which provided hands-on experience with various e-readers and tablet devices, and introduction of mobile applications for some of the library's online resources.


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One of the library's most ambitious undertakings was its civility project, "On the Same Page."

Copies of the book, "Choosing Civility" by P. M. Forni were provided to library card holders free of charge, and the public was invited to attend a speaker series.

The community can expect new and continued services in 2013, said Mary Lee Smith, deputy library director.

The results of a recent photo contest will be incorporated into new library card designs, she said.

Smart phone and application classes will continue to be offered, as well as downloadable items.