New Librarian Sonya Trager provided the city council a written report Dec. 7 about the activities at the Talbot Belmond Public Library during fiscal year 2019-20.

  Although Covid-19 has changed how people used the library in the months of March though June, Trager said the number of materials used in the fiscal year has been relatively steady.

  Here is a comparison of the past two years.

19-20 vs. 18-19

Checkouts

Belmond 12,376 - 12,717

Rural 2,571 - 2,615

Goodell 233 - 179

Others 2,853 - 2,421

Downloads 3,214 - 2,402

Total 20,530 - 20,334

Per week 395 - 391

Programs

Kids events 64 - 36

    Participants 1,777 - 1,080

Young adults 20 - 24

    Participants 219 - 429

Adult events 19 - 20

    Participants 231 - 427

Total Programs 103 - 80

  Members of the Wright County Library Association made their annual funding request to the board of supervisors Dec. 14.   

   Chad Chapman of Clarion read a statement on behalf of the five county libraries. He noted that the libraries have stayed busy even as they have had to be partially closed, offering adapted programs in addition to taking care of behind-the-scenes work.   

   The libraries asked for a 5% increase in the amount they receive from the county, which would be about $138,000, plus $1,000 for each library to use for technology.   

   The board will consider the request at budget time.