3-millionth item checked out of library

December 15, 1995|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

When Lisa Ragland of Glenmont borrowed some "Goosebumps" books for one of her daughters, she got some goose bumps of her own: Workers at the East Columbia Branch Library congratulated her for checking out the 3-millionth item from the county library system this year.

"It feels great," she said after library workers informed her and her 5-year-old daughter Ellen of their part in the library system's milestone.

"I'm very excited," said Bonnie Danaker, assistant circulation supervisor, who waited on Mrs. Ragland. "She is one of our regulars."

To mark the occasion, Mrs. Ragland's picture was taken.

She also got a letter informing her that a book will be donated to the library in her honor and that she can select what type of book it will be.

The county began its full-service library system in 1963 after operating under the state library system for years, said Marvin Thomas, the county library director.

The first county library was the Ellicott City Library on Frederick Road, which is now the Miller Branch Library.

Today, there are five full-service library branches and one small facility in Lisbon, Mr. Thomas said.

The central library is in downtown Columbia.

The six facilities attract an estimated 1.9 million visitors a year, Mr. Thomas said.

There are about 195,000 people who have registered county library cards.

"We think it's fantastically used," Mr. Thomas said.

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