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  1. It's a Lucky Day for  WI Digital Library Patrons
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    Now you can find in-demand ebooks available to borrow immediately in the WI Digital Library’s Lucky Day Collection.  These titles can be found, borrowed, and read on a first-come, first-served basis through Libby or the OverDrive app. The program is inspired by the concept of a “browsing collection” with select copies of popular titles on display in library branches. You can get to the WI Digital Library by clicking on the WPLC banner or quick link above.

    Within the Explore section in Libby, WI Digital Library patrons can browse all available titles in the “Skip The Line” list. The list of titles will change as books are returned to the collection, so check back often. Patrons may also naturally discover Lucky Day copy by browsing or searching for a title.  

    The Lucky Day titles are available for a shorter lending period, 7 days maximum, than the library’s other digital books to help satisfy fast readers looking to get their hands on the latest releases and bestsellers. Patrons can check out 2 Lucky Day titles at one time. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

    Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices, Windows® tablets, and Kindle® [US libraries].


  1. Thanks for Loving Your Library
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    February is always a busy month here.  Besides being National Library Lovers Month, it’s time to start preparing our Summer Reading Program, celebrate Valentine’s Day, and complete the annual report.  While holed up in the office compiling data, Gallup Poll released a report finding in the U.S. library visits outpaced other everyday leisure activities like going to the movies or a sporting event. 

    With national and local circulation statistics declining the past few years, most would assume that correlates with the number of visits to the library, giving the impression libraries have become passé. But, we track the visits to the library independently using a people counter on the main door.  The figures we downloaded told the opposite story.  We had almost 42,000 visits to the library in 2019,  over 8,000 more compared to 2018, a 25% increase.  Our story supports Gallup’s finding.

    The takeaway, given the inverse correlation - you’re visiting the library for more than just books. We offer a space to study, meet friends, play a game, have a meeting, or learn something new.  Visit our website, www.horicon.lib.wi.us, or pick up a calendar of events at the desk, and we’re sure you’ll find a reason to visit and perhaps check out a book or two.

    2019 was indeed an incredible year for the library.  We loved seeing everyone more often and look forward to seeing you even more in 2020.