In slumping economy, 
library use shoots up
Internet use, especially for job searches, 
has increased significantly

By DAVE RANK - GM Today Staff 

February 10, 2009

Mikayla Fehring, 13, looks over a book in the young adult fiction section Thursday afternoon at the West Bend Community Memorial Library.

WEST BEND - Libraries in Washington County are seeing rising numbers of visitors and increased circulation as the national economy continues to slump.

"People are using the library more now. As a visual observation, there is a lot of traffic lately, more than last year," said Sue Cantrelle, assistant director at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. "Internet use has increased exponentially. People come in now to read magazines."




And much of that increased Internet use, said Jennifer Einwalter, director of the Slinger Community Library, seems to be from people looking for jobs or working on their resumŽs.

"In Slinger they are, especially the Internet for job searching."

Books on resumé writing have also gained in popularity, Einwalter said.

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This story appeared in The Daily News on February 10, 2009.