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Voters approve library budget in Penn Yan

PENN YAN—Voters approved the $565,293 budget for the Penn Yan Public Library on April 13 by a more than two-to-one margin.
There were 185 yes votes and 72 no votes. The total number of voters was up by 35 over last year. Library Director Lynn Overgaard said about 100 votes this year were cast by individuals who use permanent absentee ballots. Doug Erwin and Paula Nelson were reelected to five year terms as trustees.
Overgaard said since the building renovations in May 2009, the library has been used more than ever. Comparing statistics for the same months from July 2009 to March 2010, 14 percent more materials were checked out and 21 percent more people visited the library.
Overgaard said, “We have seen a continued increase in use of the library’s wireless access by laptop users, but people are still reading.” She said the number of adult fiction checked out was up nine percent over last year. There is also an increase in use of public computers for job searching as many employers now require that  applications be completed online.
Summer visitors also use the library. During July and August 2009 an average of 47 people per hour visited during each of the 56.5 hours a week the library is open. Overgaard said, “We do not anticipate that these numbers will change this year as more people want to keep connected and more parents encourage their children to keep reading through the summer.”
When computers began to get increased use, one result that was predicted is that people wouldn’t read books or use print reference materials any more. Last year’s statistics proved this is not the case.
A calendar can be checked on the library’s Web site, for upcoming programs and events, to log into your library account to renew materials and place holds. This information is also available by calling the library at 315-536-6114.
Penn Yan Public Library is located at 214 Main Street in Penn Yan. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

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