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Overview of Jennie Stephens Smith Library’s 2017 service to the public

Jennie Stephens Smith Library

Though numbers may be boring to some, they quantify the importance of the library to the residents of Union County and New Albany.

The Jennie Stephens Smith Library had 54,465 visits in 2017.

The computer usage numbers for 2017:

  • Internet Job searches, 12,952
  • Online job applications, 23,845
  • For Government programs (File taxes, social security, Medicare, etc.), 11,554
  • For educational research 9,633

This is for only the computer and internet services that the library provides during the year.

The total city and county revenue for 2017 was $171,765 which is $14,314 per month to pay salaries, keep the doors open, provide up to date computers and programs, and provide books for circulation. What do you think?

Friends of the Library is a 501 c 3 organization. They have received the following:

  • Honoraria for:
    Birthday Club
    Anita Buster
    Cracker Barrel Breakfast Group
    Bethany Dalton
    Glen Duckworth
    Barbara Fuller
    Lynn Madden
    Staff of Jennie Stephens Smith Library
  • Memorials for:
    Dan Callicut
    Anne Hickey

The Genealogy Room could not renew the Ancestry.Com database due to budget cutbacks. Through the Mississippi Library Commission we did still have access to the Heritage Quest database for the Genealogy Room. However, through the generous donation of M.E. Margaret Swain for her sister, the library was able to renew the Ancestry.Com database.

Be sure to check the library’s website to see what is new at the library for children, adults, and movies.

Friends of the Library will sponsor Luncheon with Books on January 16, at 11:30 AM. Frank Madden will review the book Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny. A light lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 AM.

Barbara Fuller

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