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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt library worth a million to patrons

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    • Library Use Calculator
      Materials, services- Number - Value
      Adult books borrowed - 21,039 - $357,663
      Young adult books - 1,435 - $17,220
      Children's books - 21,070 - $358,190
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      Library Use Calculator

      Materials, services- Number - Value

      Adult books borrowed - 21,039 - $357,663

      Young adult books - 1,435 - $17,220

      Children's books - 21,070 - $358,190

      Audio books borrowed - 2,573 - $25,601

      Interlibrary loan requests - 603 - $15,075

      Magazines borrowed - 931 - $4,655

      Newspapers browsed - 3,500 - $33,250

      Movies borrowed - 5,621 - $22,484

      Adult programs attended - 92 - $1,380

      Young adult programs - 38 - $456

      Children's programs - 2,666 - $18,662

      Computer users* - 6,963 - $167,112

      Total value $1,021,748

      *Number of users x 2 hours of use

      Cost figures for library services were derived by the Massachussetts Library Association and based on Amazon.com average prices for books, estimated purchase price for magazines, estimated admission fees and Fedex/Kinko prices
  • The Pratt Public Library provides more than a million dollars in service to its users and operates on a "shoestring budget" compared to other libraries that serve populations similar to Pratt, according to Director Rochelle Westerhaus. The library ranks at the bottom for tax funding and per capital operating expenses, but its total circulation of materials and per capita circulation places it solidly in the mid-range. About 2,000 people are regular library users, Westerhaus estimated.
    The library is supported by the City of Pratt, Pratt County, donations and memorials and income from the 2002 sale of a ranch donated to the library board. The $1.2 million remains intact, invested in Certificates of Deposit, the only legal option available to them.
    The library board has asked the county for $116,500 for 2014 and requested a levy of four mils from the city. That translated to $156,000 last year, Westerhaus said.
    Besides books, books on tape, movies, newspapers and magazines, the library has a resource room with microfilm copies of newspapers and other collected materials. Computers are available for public use.
    Three story times are offered each week year-round, and there is a summer reading program for children, teens and adults, with an enrollment of 199 for age three through fourth grade, 66 for fifth through 12th grades and 64 adults.
    New programs planned for the fall include a monthly art class for elementary students and the Talk About Literature program sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council for adults.

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