Lake Linden library director gives update

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden Public Library Director Joan Schick gives an annual update during Monday’s Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board meeting.

LAKE LINDEN — More than 6,700 books have been circulated at the Lake Linden Public Library so far this year, Director Joan Schick said during an annual update at Monday’s Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board meeting.

In 2017, total circulation was 8,501.

Seven-hundred-and-forty-nine people are using digital book formats with checkouts for Kindle, audiobook or Adobebook items at the library over the past year. Sixty-three e-book and 32 audiobook checkout requests are currently on hold.

Last year’s summer reading program drew 40 participants — 22 from Great Explorations and 18 from the general public.

Pam Christianson from the Superiorland Cooperative donated 180 books to the library.

The library hosted two guest author programs in August — one with Kristin Neva and one with three Michigan Notable Authors — Jillena Rose, Cameron Witbeck and M. Bartley Seigel — featured in the book “And Here: 100 Years of U.P. Writing, 1917-2017.”

The library held a used book and bake sale in September, which netted $479 to purchase new books for the library.

In 2017-18, the library gave away 191 books to students in the elementary school, including on Halloween and Christmas.

In December, the library held a drawing for junior high and high school students. Fifteen books were given out, including three copies of John Green’s “Turtles All the Way Down.”

The library purchased an estimated $200 of books in March to be given to students. Elementary school students received 105.

A Scholastic Book fair in November raised $1,091, with 40 percent going to the library.

Another fair in May netted $1,300, of which $520 went to the library.

As of May, the library had $784 available from Scholastic Books.

From 2014-18, the library sold $15,775 of books, bringing back $9,137.

As of June, the library has $1,304 available in Scholastic Books to purchase.

New shelving arrived at the library in February, which was used to create a “more open and general idea for programs,” Schick said.