Library use can heat up during winter

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Families looking for books to read before a snowstorm hits or who want to learn how to make a craft as a way to beat the winter blues often go to the same place: a public library.

While library workers say summer is by far their busiest time, winter months sometimes see a jump in attendance at family and children programs and in families checking out books because of the weather or to pass the time during school breaks.

“We can tell when people are locked in for a few days,” said Linda Messick, head of children’s service at Greenwood Public Library. “Maybe we are like the grocery stores, when bad weather is coming, they come in for extra materials.”

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