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Response elicits surprise [UPDATED]

Published 5:12am Monday, June 10, 2013 Updated 7:20am Monday, June 10, 2013

The news that more than 2,300 people responded to the library survey wowed us. Such an overwhelming response is nearly unheard of on any topic. On behalf of the library, thanks Fergus Falls residents.

The response tells us a couple things: that people care about the future of their library and it also tells the city what residents hope for and expect to see in their library.

Library director Erin Smith, in her annual report, said that people visited the library more this year than last and more people, of all ages, took advantage of programs offered.

The numbers tell the story best. In 2012:

• 222, 329 items were circulated

• 152,235 people visited the library

• 10,729 people attended programs offered through the library

Those are impressive numbers when you look at past years. (Visit the library’s website,, for more about library programs.)

With all the visits and usage of the library and its resources, it makes sense that people would also want to share in shaping its future, though most people rarely step up to voice their vision.

We applaud those who responded and wait to hear what that will mean for the library as time goes on.


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