The newly published Kent District Library Community Report tells the story of Kent District Library meeting its mission to further all people. It includes accounts of those impacted by KDL’s offerings, including reading programs, community partnerships, programs and more. The community report also includes systemwide and branch specific statistics for 2022. It is available for download at kdl.org/communityreport and highlights numerous accomplishments that were met, including:
- Digital circulation reached a new record that is 15% higher than the previous year and 63% higher than five years earlier.
Being named a Library Journal Star Library, receiving the highest five-star ranking based upon the level of utilization by patrons and value delivered for taxpayers.
- Partnering with local healthcare organizations to give early literacy kits to new parents, including a board book for babies to help foster early relationships with the library.
The average KDL user saved $1,348 last year by checking out physical and digital items. Additional savings were realized through the use of in-person programs, public computers, printers, study rooms and Wi-Fi access.
“At KDL, we strive to be a valuable, impactful and life-changing resource to the community,” said Executive Director Lance Werner. “The library has rebounded incredibly since the pandemic with programs and services that people want and need.”