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Wisconsinites turn to libraries in poor economy


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- More people are making trips to the library as the economy worsens.

  Libraries statewide say more people are checking out books, movies and magazines to save money on purchases and rental fees. Library computers also are in demand as people look for work.

  Director Jessica MacPhail says circulation at the Racine Public Library's main branch was up 10 percent in November compared to the year before.

  MacPhail has been a librarian for more than 30 years and says demand always jumps when the economy dips.

  The Sun Prairie library saw an 8 percent circulation gain during the first 11 months of 2008.

  Director Tracy Herold says that's the largest since the building opened in 1999.

  The Eastern Shores Library System reports a 5 percent circulation increase at its 13 libraries and bookmobile in the Sheboygan area.

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