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Take a Snapshot of Weston's Library

The Weston Public Library will be participating in Library Snapshot Day on Wednesday. Libraries all over Connecticut will take a "snapshot" by collecting information to capture the impact that libraries have on their communities on a typical day. This is the second Snapshot Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium. Last year, 136 libraries participated.

Last year, on Connecticut's first Snapshot Day:

• More than 80,600 people visited Connecticut libraries.

• People borrowed nearly 100,000 books, DVDs and other materials.

• Nearly 13,000 people used computers at their library.

• Nearly 10,000 people attended a program or class at a library

• 113,000 people visited Connecticut library websites.

In these difficult economic times, Connecticut's libraries are busier than ever, with people not only checking out books, but also using computers, looking for jobs or attending programs. All across the state, libraries are the cornerstones of their communities, places were people come together to visit, learn and share ideas.

On Wednesday, the Weston Library hopes once again to capture a slice of life of Connecticut's libraries. Patrons can comment on what the library means to them, and pictures from libraries all over the state will be available on the Snapshot Flickr page. Please visit the Snapshot website, http://snapshotctlib.wordpress.com/ , or the Weston Public Library's website, www.westonpubliclibrary.org , to find out more about the project. Or better yet, visit the Weston Public Library on April 13 and become a part of Snapshot Day 2011.

Karen Tatarka is Weston Public Library's director.

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