By: Diane Benjamin
The City Manager has issued a report for February. The library stats posted for 2018 are not the same stats used in 2017, so I took the ones that can be compared and turned them into a chart.
2018 Library facts: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16111
2017 Library facts: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12434
The library wasn’t included in the 2016 February City Manager’s Report, so I don’t know the number of visitors then either: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=10412
In 2017 an average of 22 people attended programs. In 2018 it went up to 26. Since traffic is down, programs are why the library wants to expand. Is this why libraries exist?
Meanwhile Downtown Bloomington continues to lose people, The YMCA is the latest to announce they will be leaving downtown: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/coming-together-ymca-hopes-to-build-on-osf-st-joseph/article_1f1562f4-00e0-5917-b64f-37e8a6ba913d.html#tracking-source=home-top-story
Look for the City of Bloomington to buy their property next.
Every attempt by the Bloomington City Council to revitalize downtown is making it worse. I hope they didn’t waste money on a way-finding sign for the Y.