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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 23, 2014

At the Library

By Debbie Stanton, Washington Public Library director | Aug 26, 2013

Are You A Star Patron? Prove It!

For the first time ever, the Washington Public Library has given out Star Patron Awards to those individuals and families who checked out the most items during the year. Awards were given to the top 20 patrons based on circulation statistics.

The patron with the most checkouts this year had taken home an amazing 1,462 items from the library! That was nearly double the next highest checkouts of 860. Going down the list, Star Patrons number 18-20 tied with 239 checkouts each.

If you’re thinking – “We check out items all the time, how are we not Star Patrons?!?” – fret not. The count started over again on July 1, so there is still time to make it to our list for next year. Who knows, next August you might be presented with a lovely certificate naming you a Star Patron.

It’s also worth noting that we have no way to combine multiple family accounts in the statistics, so each person is on his own to prove that he is a Star Patron. While most of our award winners this year were either individual adults or families who use a single card, we did have one child crack the top 20 on her own, with 385 checkouts for the year!

And, while only 20 people will be given a Star Patron award, please know that we consider all of you our star patrons. Thank you so much for using our library and supporting us in our mission of providing educational, cultural and social enrichment for all residents of the city of Washington and surrounding areas. You are truly library stars!

Gifts & Memorials

Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger given in memory of David R. McDaniel

Adult Fiction

The Amish Seamstress by Mindy Starns Clark, When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason, The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth, The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind, The Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards, Wake the Dawn by Lauraine Snelling, Compound Fractures by Stephen White, For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Adult Nonfiction

Called Again by Jennifer Pharr Davis, How to Restore Your Farm Tractor by Tharran E. Gaines, How to Choose a Husband by Suzanne Walker

Juvenile Fiction

Power to the Purple! by Sophie Bell, Storybound by Marissa Burt, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole, The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

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