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An annual report of the Denio Memorial Library on John Street in the Village of Akron shows library circulation for 1996 was 41,736, a 19 percent increase over 1995.

The report also indicates the library drew 21,736 visitors and noted that 2,132 new books and audiovisual materials were

"We have been very pleased with participation in our preschool reading programs," said librarian Kristine Sutton. She added that total attendance at story times for children, 3 to 5 years old, was 259, while 56 children ages 6 to 12 attended the "Summer Fun Club."

The report showed successful fund-raising events and a state grant that helped develop and foster the library connection to the community.

"We have been very happy with the progress," Ms. Sutton said. "We look forward to continuing our progress and growth in 1997."

Renovation plans for the library are currently being studied by Newstead officials.

Earlier this year the Town Board made $100,000 available to review options and make necessary improvements.

The board also plans to seek funding to help pay for the project, which calls for improving accessibility for the handicapped, expanding children's services and programming, providing more comfortable seating and upgrading staff facilities.

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