The Hailey Public Library didn’t loan as many bound books last year, but that didn’t mean the staff of nine wasn’t busy. An average of 313 people walked through the library doors each day, seeking literature, entertainment and reliable information on a myriad of interests.

     “More people are coming for programs and library assistance, but they are not checking out as many physical materials,” library Director LeAnn Gelskey said.

     Gelskey, who won the Idaho Librarian Award of the Year for 2019, presented an annual library report on Monday to the Hailey City Council. It included a plea for expansion to a vacant space next door at the J.J. Tracy Building, which until recently housed The Barkin’ thrift store.

     The new space would add 2,700 square feet for public talks, children’s programs and the storage and presentation of the library’s historic Mallory photography collection.

     The report showed that 4,374 people attended the 305 public programs offered last year. The most popular adult programs included presentations on the valley’s mining history, the Mallory photos and local hot springs.

     For full story see the Friday edition of the Mountain Express.

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