Deborah Marks is also leader of Sunnyvale Urban Forests Advocates
There are over 1100 libraries in California. Here's a Tale of Three Libraries.
If you're a fan of David vs. Goliath stories you'll love this one.
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|Fresno Skyline - Click on Photo to Enlarge|
|Fresno Main Library - 82,700 sq. ft. - Click on Photo to Enlarge|
|Woodward Park 22,000 Sq. Ft. about 1/4th the Main's - Click on Photo to Enlarge|
|90,000 Volumes, 1/3rd the Main's - Click on Photo to Enlarge|
|Circulation 610,000 - Nearly Double the Main's! - Click on Photo to Enlarge|
But wait - it gets better! The "Fig Garden Library" below is in rented space in a strip mall. It TOO has much larger circulation than the main library downtown. Fig Garden Branch circulates 405,000 books vs the 8X larger main's 310,000!!
|Can you find the 10,000 sq. ft. library here? (And Where's Waldo?)|
|Happy Librarians with 123% the Circulation of the Big Main Library|
10,000 sq. ft. Branch Beats 82,000 Sq. Ft. Main
|Here's the library - in front of the Ace Hardware store. No (expensive) underground parking needed.|
This little 10,000 sq. ft. library - one eighth(!) the size of Fresno Main - with one fourth the number of books (63,000) - hidden away in a strip mall, between an Italian restaurant and an Ace Hardware store - circulates over 20% more books than the main library downtown.
Fresno Main Library
82,000 Sq. Ft.
22,000 Sq. Ft.
Fig Garden Branch
10,000 Sq. Ft.
In terms of library usage, the narrative is NOT "Let's all get in the family van and go to the library". It is "You're going to Ace Hardware? Could you pick up Mary, she walked there to work on a science project with Jennifer. And get a Dr. Seuss book for Timmy's story time."
In terms of serving the community, size doesn't count!
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