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Shorewood Library Receives High Marks in National Rankings

In its category, the village's library was ranked 77th nationally, second in the state and garnered the highest score of those ranked in Milwaukee County, in the Library Journal's 2012 standings.

Shorewood Public Library was ranked among the best in the country in its category and received the highest score among those rated in Milwaukee County, in the Library Journal's 2012 standings.

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service annually compares U.S. public libraries based on the services they deliver. Libraries are divided into categories based on their expenditures.

Among the 1,372 libraries across the country in its category, Shorewood's ranks 77th, and second in Wisconsin.  

The rankings are based on 2011 per capita statistics including circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use. 

Shorewood has the highest circulation, or number of items checked out, per capita in Milwaukee County.

January will mark 10 years since the library has been in its renovated building. In the last year in the old building, there were 254,478 items borrowed. By the end of 2011, items borrowed had increased by 41 percent to 359,768, according to the library. 

CowDung December 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Then I guess the $8/month for Netflix is too much for them as well...
Absolutelyfabulous December 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Dung- I streamed Netflix for their $8 a month and it was GARBAGE. One bad, 3rd rate selection/option after another. Cancelled that. When you think about it, the MKE library system and all that it has to offer and in so many types of media is one hell of a resource all free and at ones fingertips. Much better than Netflix's $8 of streaming garbage a month. Seriously, this is hysterical. It's Ellen DeGeneres doing an interpretive reading from a few selections of 50 Shades of Grey..If only the real thing had been even a fraction as entertaining. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on3JCwnwHbU
Beth Carey December 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Hi All - It's been a hectic week and I just now saw these comments. I am happy to provide any details. Counting check outs is simple: every time a barcode or tag is read, it counts as one check out. Yesterday, there were exactly 1,003 items checked out here at Shorewood. 322 items were media of some kind: dvd, audio book, compact disc/music. The remaining items were print. Of the 359,768 items checked out last year, 57,690 or about 16% were from libraries other than Shorewood. I took a quick look at November and the the highest hour of the month was from 4 to 5 November 20 when 210 items were checked out. If you haven't been here in some time - stop in! It is a very busy place. Beth Carey Director of Library Services
Joe Peterlin December 24, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Congratulations to Beth Carey and all of the fantastic staff at the Shorewood Library for running an efficient and self-sustaining operation. Thank you all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Beth Carey December 27, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Thanks Joe! Beth

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