A Gallup survey says Americans visited the library over 10 ten times in 2019, on average. That is about equal to the movies, sporting events, and the zoo combined. Gallup notes that the library is free so that provides a distinct advantage over other options but it still speaks to the library’s standing as a community hub. Libraries in recent decades have added more than books. You can rent movies and television shows or partake in a range of programs designed for all ages. Gallup says women are twice as likely as men to head to the library. Algoma Public Library Director Cathy Kolbeck says her staff works hard to address the discrepancy.
Kolbeck says the Algoma Library has many repeat patrons which echoes Gallup’s findings.