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179,702 people visited libraries across Pennsylvania on one day. That is more than attended both the Eagles and Steelers game last weekend or visited Hershey Park. Snapshot PA

The Pennsylvania Library Association and Commonwealth Libraries launched a project called Snapshot PA: One Day in the Life of Pennsylvania Libraries- October 28, 2009. Its purpose? To capture the impact that Pennsylvania libraries have on their communities on a typical day.

Librarians from all types of libraries, public and academic libraries, school and special libraries, hospital libraries and government libraries; from the tiniest facility to the largest county systems participated. We created a quick survey to capture the daily activities of libraries across the state. Over 500 libraries responded.

The numbers are impressive. 179,702 people walked through our libraries’ doors, 208,171 materials were circulated, and librarians answered 22,487 reference questions. But numbers don’t tell the whole story. Library patrons, young and old, shared their personal experiences during their visits.

"I really appreciate the library and all it offers the community. It is a great resource, full of opportunities for learning! My son loves it too."- Angie Zimmerman, Reading.

Best place to hang outRadnor High School Library “Voted "Best place to hang out."

“Love having the library for reading material. I'd be lost without it”.- Annabelle S.

"Let me take this opportunity to let you know how much I enjoy Middletown Free Library
and all the wonderful activities provided to the community. “ C. Truitte. "

It is a small library but surprisingly it has many books. Its employees are friendly not only to adults but to me too. I am glad I live near it." - Edilia Matias, Henryville

"The heart of the school"

homeschool studies"The library is crucial to our homeschooling. Every week, I make a list of books to supplement and enrich our homeschool studies."

“I used to purchase some books, but since the recession hit I've had to cut back on my spending so I use the library more often.” M. Maloney, Hamlin

Internet connection “The Yeadon Library is my only source for Internet connection and that's very important."

"This library is a treasure for the community." - N. Ruessmann, Stroudsburg Our thanks to everyone who participated in Snapshot Day!


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