Library sees increase in programming

The Orland Park Public Library is anticipating another fantastic year. With patron attendance reaching 370,608 already by the end of October, the library is projected to see numbers greater than last year. The number of programs and events offered by the library is set to increase in the coming year as well.

"The number of events hosted by the library has been on the rise over the past few years," said Head of Outreach Kelly Cuci.

Nearly half a million people will have visited the library this year, and over 2,000 events have been held by the library so far, including a performance by the Da Capo Duo which was attended by over 80 patrons.

"Events, like visits from chefs, have to be capped, because so many people will come to learn to cook and taste the food," Cuci said.

With increasingly popular events still coming, like Holly Jolly Storytime, where kids can meet Santa Claus, event attendance is expected to rise as well.

"About 70 percent of Orland Park residents have library cards, which is a very high percentage," said Head of Circulation Howard Griffin. "January, April, and August were our peak months for circulation."

High satisfaction was indicated by 96 percent of residents surveyed, and 929,003 books, CDs, puzzles, video games, and other items were checked out by residents last year.

"This year we expect about a million items to be checked out," Griffin said.

The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, IL 60462. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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