By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Unlike its Medina counterpart, the commotion at the Hoag Library in Albion has largely calmed down after a summer of heightened interest at the newly-opened facility.
According to library director Susan Rudnicky, the South Main Street library saw a big boost in circulation, which increased by 5,000 a month over last year’s number after opening the new building in July. The library’s circulation numbers are settling at around 8,000 to 9,000, which Rudnicky said is likely the new normal for the library after hovering around 6,000 per month in recent years.
The Hoag’s popularity is also seen in an increase in library cards, more activity at programs and in general use.
“It’s more of a community center than it ever was,” Rudnicky said. “It has the same role, a place to find the books you want to read and for enjoyment ... a place for everything and everything in it’s place.”
Most of the contents of the old Swan Library have been moved down Main Street, with a smattering of archived collections, library records and program items yet to come over.
“Little by little we’ve moved it over,” Rudnicky said. “We’re still arranging our archives ... it’s more a matter of arranging what we have.”
The new library’s meeting rooms have gotten a great deal use.
“There’s been big use of the meeting rooms, for our programs, like the astronomy club that meets on Thursdays and meetings small and large,” Rudnicky said. “There’s not a lot of large meeting spaces for 50 to 60 people to be comfortably.”
Rudnicky said the library has also seen a jump in people coming in with their laptops, be it students doing homework or adults just looking for a quiet place to relax. It didn’t take long, but the new library already feels like home.