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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:44 pm

The folks at the Lodi Public Library are moving full steam ahead on the building renovations and a new attitude for the place. 

On Tuesday, Library Director Dean Gualco gave a presentation to the City Council on the library's progress. We've covered the story pretty extensively in the paper, but he added a few interesting points about how Americans use libraries. 

There are more than 9000 central libraries, with 7500 branches.

2.5 billion books are checked out each year. 

For every two books sold, one is borrowed from a library.

Nearly 70 percent of people carry library cards, and 50 percent of people use them at least once a year. 

What do you think the busiest day is for a library? 

It's Sunday, with students getting last minute projects done and working patrons coming in on their off day to relax. 

In Lodi, a great team of volunteers make it happen. 

200 volunteers donated 26,718 hours in 2012. If they were paid just minimum wages for their time, it would have cost the library $646,041 for their work.

If you haven't been to the library in a while, reconsider. It's a place for grand adventures of reading or learning something new. Or maybe that's just my inner bookworm talking.