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Woodstock Library Budget and Enthusiasm Increasing

Literacy is alive and well in Woodstock, if the numbers at the Woodstock Library are any indication. "Delivering the kind of programming that our community is looking for. We feel that our board has got this mix right because it flows out of the core mandate of the library: to support books, to support reading, to support literacy, and to support technological literacy in our community," said Library CEO Gary Baumbach. Baumbach delivered his state of the Library update to City Council Thursday night. While circulation is up 8.7%, and the Library's website traffic is up a whopping 37%, the Library board is tabling a budget increase of 3.4%. That will support small increases for building maintenance, and continuing to add to the Library's collection. Board Chair Sandra Carnegie says there will be some interior improvements as well. "Upgraded the soft seating in our public areas with ergonomic chairs. They feature a tablet arm for customers that are using laptops or tablets. Our computer areas are going to be transformed. We're going to have some functional furniture that will showcase our electronic resources," said Carnegie. No new staff will be added this year. The biggest part of the Library's budget is $1.7-million to staff it 7-days a week.

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