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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Hyrum library, museum and senior center report to city council

By Caresa Alexander

February 22, 2009 | HYRUM -- Thursday's City Council meeting featured reports from the directors of the library, museum and senior center.

Ginny Tremayne, director of the Hyrum City Library, reported that of the 5,000 cards issued, 1,195 families live outside of Hyrum. The library also serves patrons from Nibley, Wellsville, Millville, College Ward, Mendon, Providence, Logan, River Heights, and Young Ward. Because Hyrum is serving a larger population, the state grant has gone from $3,000 to $8,000 a year.

Every year Tremayne has provided the state with an annual report. The state library compiled the data and compared it to local libraries.

"We've checked out a lot more books than these other libraries on a lot less money and a lot less staff. We really need more people," said Tremayne.

According to Tremayne, an average of 26,000 books is checked out each month. The turnover rate per book is 5.74 and the highest compared to local libraries. The state average turnover rate is 3.5 per book. The state told Tremayne that the library was to be commended for choosing things the public want. Tremayne said that a list of requests is taken every time books are ordered and there waiting lines for those books.

Hyrum was one of six libraries in the state to receive an $8,000 grant to build a Spanish collection. Tremayne said although there is a lot of support from the community, there are still a lot of people that have not been to the library.

"The first time they come they are totally amazed," she said. She encouraged the council to remember the library at budget time.

"The biggest need for the library is to increase the hours," said Tremayne. The library is located at 50 West Main and open Monday thrjough Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.

Following the library report, Hyrum City Museum Director Jeff McBride addressed the council. The museum opened in May of 2008 and has served an average of 279 visitors per month. McBride said it is hard to count the number of people who come into the museum. Some people don't sign in, or they sign in as a family or they only sign in once and come back a number of times. Because of this, it was difficult to determine the quality and value of the museum. "The value sometimes goes beyond just the number of people that come in," said McBride.

"A lot of people will discover the museum on their way to the library. We would like to, at some point in time, have people on the way to the museum, discover the library," said McBride.

The museum is open 23 hours a week and is located in the basement of the library.

Kristine Johnson, director of the Hyrum City Senior Center, reported next. Located at 675 E. Main in Hyrum, the center provides programs for those over 60. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Johnson reported that 9,972 seniors go through the center each year. The center serves lunch to approximately 33 seniors a day with a majority of those in staying for the activities. The average cost is per person to come to the center is $9.94.

Some of the monthly activities include Bonko/Cards, Bingo, a cooking class and a Fit over 60 group. Monetary donations from two people, food pantry donations and donations of baked goods from Lee's grocery store and most recently Ridley's in Hyrum have brought costs down.

"We just wish more people would realize that they're seniors," said Johnson.

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