Representatives of the First Regional Library system presented their budget request to the Batesville Mayor and Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.
First Regional requested $170,000 be allocated for the Batesville Public Library. That is an increase of $12,000 over the $158,000 the city budgeted for the present fiscal year.
Catherine Nathan told the board that the expansion of the library has increased its usage tremendously.
"To tell the absolute truth, your library is going like gangbusters," she said.
According to statistics presented during the meeting, the library services more than 2,600 people during a week’s time.
"Almost every person who uses the library in a week will check out a book, magazine or other materials," she said.
Nathan said one of the biggest surprises at the library has been the response to this year’s summer reading program.
"Our children’s specialist set a goal of enrolling 600 children for the program over the entire summer," she said. "To date, she has already signed up more than 850 kids and most of them have completed the requirements.
"Many come for library programs," she said. "Both children and adults."
Statistics indicate that last year the library averaged two programs per week that were attended by more than 3,800 people each.
Alderwoman Bobbie Jean Pounders said she suspected that the increase in size would mean more traffic for the library.