Sunday, December 10, 2023

Williamsburg Regional Library Releases Data Regarding its Patrons’ Usage

The Williamsburg Library (WYDaily photo/Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) recently announced data collected regarding its use by area residents for the most recent fiscal year.

WRL, in which residents of the City of Williamsburg as well as James and York counties can join, boasted 3,135 in-person programs. Some of these programs were supported through the efforts of Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation (FWRLF), which is an organization dedicated to supporting the priorities and programming of WRL.

Additionally, the report notes that WRL had 1,010,086 checkouts, and that the circulation of digital material checkouts increased by 52,849.

(Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)
Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio, located at the the James City County Branch of WRL (Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

In its Fall 2021 Impact Report, FWRLF reported that it raised $976,000, $1,025,000 spent on funding 57 projects, and received an average per gift of $205.20 between 2018 and 2020. During this same reporting period, FWRLF garnered $1.15 million in sales from its Book Nook, which sold roughly 1.1 million books.

Last summer, WRL debuted its Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio at its James City County branch, located at 7770 Croaker Rd. This area provides kids with an imaginative village with “locations” such as a pretend veterinary clinic, supermarket, and house. In the design of this new space, there was careful consideration for inclusivity of patrons with neurodiversities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other learning differences.

For more information on all of WRL’s services, please visit its website.

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