The Libraries Of Polk County Essay

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The topic of this paper will be taking an in-depth look at the statistics of the four major libraries within Polk County and focus primarily on children’s and young adults departments. The four major cities are Ankeny, Des Moines, Urbandale, and West Des Moines. Each of these cities has a population of over 35,000. Polk County is the largest county within Iowa and is also home to the capital, Des Moines. ( Below is a map of Polk County that depicts the location of each city that is going to be discussed within this report.
Within the past 10 years the population of Ankeny, Iowa has increased drastically. The population of Ankeny at the conclusion of the 2000 census was 27,117. When the census was conducted in 2010, the population was 45,582. This is an increase of 18,435 people within a 10 year period, which is a 68% increase. During this time period the library has continued to grow to account for the population explosion. In 2002 the number of children’s item within circulation was 106,701. To keep up with the increase in population the number of children’s items within increased to 196,374. During this time the attendance for the children’s program also increased from 10,481 in 2002 to 34,372 in 2012. In 2009 the attendance for the Young Adult program was official counted and used. Information about the Young Adult program prior to 2009 is unavailable. In 2009 the attendance for all young adults program was 1291, but fell drastically over the years to finish 2012 at only 510. This is a reduction of over 150%. However the number of young adult items within circulation rose from 16,741 in 2007 to 21,514 in 2012. The chart labeled “Ankeny Children’s Department” shows a visualization of the increase of both circulation items and program attendance for the children’s department at the Ankeny Library. The chart labeled “Ankeny Young Adult Department” shows a visualization of the fluctuations of both circulation items and program attendance.

Des Moines
While the population of Des Moines has also saw an increase, it not as large as the increase in Ankeny’s population. At the conclusion of the 2000 census the population of Des Moines was 198,682 ( The population at the conclusion of the 2010 census was 203,433, which is an increase of approximately 2.4%. Even though Des Moines has not seen the population growth that Ankeny has it has maintained the number of items within circulation for both the children’s and the young adults department. The Des Moines Public library has also increased the attendance of both the children’s and the young adults programs. In 2012 the number of items within circulation for the children’s department was 365,700. This is an increase of 16,584 items. The young adults department saw a decrease of items in circulation from 92,889 in 2011 to 86,508 in 2012. As noted in the prior section, information...

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