Watertown Regional Library sees a drop in programs, attendance in 2020 (Audio)

Mike Tanner/KWAT

March 15, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The pandemic of 2020 took a toll on programs and visits to the Watertown Regional Library.

Library Director DeeDee Whitman says COVID-19 forced the library to fully close for 16 weeks last spring.

That meant numbers were down sharply.

During her annual report to the city council Monday night, she said they saw a 55-percent drop in programming that was offered, and a 59-percent drop in program attendance.

Overall attendance was down too, but there were bright spots…

Whitman told the council that National Library Week is coming up the week of April 4th, and summer reading programs for kids begin on June 1st.