This is the first of a few posts responding to Friday’s article in the Nisqually Valley News on the Yelm library situation.
The Yelm Library is no more a regional library than any other library in Timberland. Each library serves residents outside their immediate community boundaries.
Mayor Harding specifically cites Rainier and Tenino as not providing”regional” service. But, if you take the number of visitors for each library (in 2008) and put in relation to the city’s population (a way to figure out a rate of out of city users) you see Yelm really isn’t all that regional.
Monday morning note: I changed the spreadsheet above to make what I’m talking about clearer. Basically, I took the number of visitors to each building annually in 2008 and divided it by the population of the local community. That data is based on this larger spreadsheet produced by TRL.
Yelm’s rate is about 25 visits per city resident. Olympia is really low, about 9, but that’s likely because Olympia is a larger city with two other large libraries nearby. Elma is higher than Yelm (26 visits) while Tenino is in the neighborhood with 21 visits.