By the Numbers: Library Cards
Stats about library cards and borrowing
September 1, 2017 American Libraries Magazine
The year then–Secretary of Education William Bennett issued the challenge: “Let’s have a national campaign. Every child should obtain a library card—and use it.” The following year, the American Library Association declared September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Number of children who attended the October 14, 1988, kickoff event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Approximate fraction of Americans who have a library card.
The year New York Public Library issued its first “borrower’s card.”
The largest overdue book fine paid, according to Guinness World Records. Emily Canellos-Simms paid Kewanee (Ill.) Public Library after holding on to the poetry book Days and Deeds for 47 years.
Number of years that The Law of Nations by Emmerich de Vattel was overdue. Former President George Washington checked out de Vattel’s work as well as volume 12 of the Commons Debates from the New York Society Library in 1789 and failed to return them. In 2010 employees at Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia, estate sent an identical copy of The Law of Nations to the library.
Amount Washington owed in late fees, adjusted for inflation, for the two books. The library absolved Washington of all fines.
It’s Ask a Stupid Question Day!
Got any burning questions? … See what I did there?
Originally started by teachers in order to encourage their students to be curious and to think about and question the things around them, it translates quite nicely to a library setting.
Teachers in school teach in a proactive way, planning ahead of time what their students will learn and the best way to accomplish said learning. Librarians teach too, but we’re more reactive than proactive. We don’t plan out what knowledge to impart to people. We wait for them to come to us looking for a specific piece of knowledge and we either find it for them or help them to find it for themselves. So what better place to ask a “stupid” question than at a library?!
When did synchronized swimming become an Olympic sport? What are the origins of “Tuesday”? Why can’t I give my dog chocolate? What happened to the dinosaurs? What time is it in Dublin? Why do you drive on parkways and park on driveways? Whatever question you’ve got, come in to the library today and we will either find you an answer or do our level best to point you in the right direction.
I’m assuming that most of our blog readers probably have the basics down, but if you don’t, or you know someone who doesn’t, don’t hesitate to register for one or both of our introductory classes today.
It’s just like a field trip without the hassle of the long bus ride. Those things don’t have seat belts.
Moline Public Library
Rules of the Road Review Course
Wednesday, August 30
Bronze Meeting Room
Please stop by or call 309-524-270 with questions or to register for this program.
Smoother speeds, safer access, striking contrast.
The Mango team has been hard at work on an update to your most-loved language-learning resource. Our desktop experience has been redesigned to be much more intuitive, while improvements to the interface will better accommodate the needs of all learners—and all at a smoother speed than ever before.
The faster speeds, cleaner connections, and optimized interface will ensure you get the best experience while using the Mango you know and love:
Practical, conversation-based courses narrated by native speakers, structured using our linguist-approved methodology.
Progress tracking across devices.
Free mobile apps equipped with hands-free features for learning on-the-go.
Try the new Mango today. You can find it on the Moline Library website, under Catalogs & Databases. You just need your library card number to access it from anywhere.
You know, depending on which part of the Quad Cities.