By Roger Ball
Jane Kauzlaric, the Sun City West librarian, updated the Recreation Centers of Sun City West governing board about the facility’s current operations and status at the board’s monthly workshop meeting.
The Sun City West Library was founded in 1979 in a 9,000 square foot building and about 9,000 items for the 2,000 borrowers. That same year the Friends of the Library organization was founded.
The Friends of the Library currently has about 1500 members and it raises most of the fund to operate the facility which has grown to 14,000 square feet and more than 50,000 items—both print and digital formats.
Much of the funds for the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund come from their used book sale events.
Everyone with a Rec Center card is now eligible to check out books and use the many other library facilities.
In addition to books and magazines, the library offers computers for personal use, data resource center, and many digital publications. Virtual reality experiences are also available for users.
Ms. Kauzlaric told the committee she is keeping a close look at library trends around the country, and sees that many are losing users.
“That’s not the case in Sun City West,” she said. “Though we have noted a drop in the number of donated paperback books.”