Kensington Heritage Library has busy 2013

Mike Carson
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KENSINGTON – Membership in the Kensington Heritage Library is not reflective of the number of library cards issued by the library.

Town of Kensington. File photo


Kensington Librarian Shelley Tamtom said the local library is extremely busy not only serving Kensington cardholders but others from outside the community.

“In 2013 we had 1,473 people that have Kensington library cards,” she said. “I believe this number is lower than it actually is. What is happening is people move into the area from Summerside or from other areas but their library card still registers as Charlottetown or Summerside, or something. I think this is actually a larger number but there’s no way of telling.”

There were 114 programs offered on 2013 at the library involving 1,444 children and adults.

“That includes our summer reading program and every Tuesday there is a pre-school story time where group’s from the daycare,” Tamtom said.

She said there were 519 Internet session conducted during 2013.

“We have three public computers that are accessible to the Internet,” Tamtom said. “We also have WI-FI. People can come in and sign up for a WI-FI membership. Anybody who is visiting the Island can come in and tell me what they want and they can get access. They don’t have to have a library card to do that.”

More than 2,000 books CDs and magazines were checked out during the past year.

The library section was added to the Kensington website in order to reach more people.

The Kensington library is part of the P.E.I. Library service and is part of the programs offered through the service.

“In the public library service, we launched quite a few different, new programs,” Tamtom said. “The first one was called ‘free-gal’. It’s a download musical service that is available to anybody with a valid library card throughout the Island. The users can download up to three songs per week and browse through the collection of over three million songs.”

It’s on Sony’s music catalog and any music that Sony has put out is available is involved in this.

“The user can download them to their computer then they are yours,” she said. “You can put them on your IPod. They are yours for free. They’ve redesigned the library’s website to be more users friendly with drop down tabs that allows you to select things rather than read all of the page. There have been 117,961 e-resources have been checked out so there are e-books available, audio books and other electronic materials.”

Organizations: Kensington Heritage Library, Sony, PEI Library

Geographic location: Kensington, Summerside, Iceland Charlottetown

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