The Wimberley Village Library saw record high circulation of materials in 2019.

Data compiled by Library Director Carolyn Manning were turned over to the library district board of trustees during the board’s first meeting of 2020.

Total circulation last year was 137,178 items and materials. That compares to 2018, when the total was 121,816. That’s an increase of 11 percent.

“The simple fact is we are seeing more traffic in the library and through our online resources than ever before,” Ms. Manning said. “Even in categories you might expect to see in decline, such as hardback books, we are seeing increases.”

In addition, she said the big increase in the number of programs for adults and young patrons has had much to do with the overall jump. For example, in 2019 the library sponsored 233 youth programs, compared to 192 the year before. Attendance jumped from 5,500 to 5,800.

A dramatic increase was recorded in adult programs. Last year, the library offered 555 adult programs compared to 455 in 2018. Attendance rose from 5,300 in ‘18 to 7,000 last year.

The number of programs for teens remained steady year to year, but participation increased from 300 in 2018 to 455 in 2019.

Here are other comparative circulation figures:

+ Adult fiction: 18,000 last year; 17,000 in 2018

+ Adult large print: 2,800 last year; 2,300 in 2018

+ Adult nonfiction and reference: 9,000 last year; 8,100 in 2018

The library board of trustees is now in the deep planning process for expansion of the library. The board purchased 2.5 acres of land about two years ago that is due north of the present library property and behind Chapen in the Hills on FM 2325.

Preliminary design drawings have been developed, and fund-raising has officially gotten under way through the Wimberley Village Library Foundation.

For more information, contact Carolyn Manning at director@wimberleylibrary.org.