Libraries are doing a booming business in Prince William County. Over the past year, libraries in the county had more visitors than ever; people are borrowing books at respectable rates; and reference librarians are still getting plenty of questions.
Summer is a particularly busy time for the libraries. This past summer, 474,549 people visited the library. Other numbers illustrate how many people enjoy the county's libraries between the time school lets out and the time it begins again in the fall.
- Last summer 15,986 people participated in the library system's summer reading programs.
- The library system awarded 12,040 prizes for reading.
- There were 1,527 events held last summer at libraries across the county and 64,944 people attended the events.
- During the summer, 435 teen volunteers worked 7,907 hours helping out in the county's libraries.
Here are a few more fun facts about the county's library system from July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018:
- The county's libraries were visited 1.6 million times.
- More than 3.4 million items were borrowed.
- The library system's six full service library information staff answered 496,081 reference questions and library staff at the county's five neighborhood libraries answered an additional 131,202 questions.
- There were 5,390 special events and programs held at libraries and an additional 365 outreach events with a total of 236,789 people in attendance.
- There were 96,913 people who used the library's computers to access the internet 289,832 times.
- And 31,891 hours were donated thanks to the library system's many volunteers.
Check out the library system's webpage
at pwcgov.org/library for activities, services and a calendar of events.