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Denio Memorial Library officials said Wednesday that the new computer technology training classes helped more than 200 residents last year to hone computer skills.

"We're looking forward to having the ability to provide more programs to the community once the new facility is built," said Kristine Sutton, library director. "We will be able to provide a greater collection in a comfortable space in which to read and enjoy what the library has to offer."

The new $2.9 million facility -- to be built next to Akron Village Hall on Main Street -- will have more space for a larger collection, areas for studying and reading, and a community meeting room.

Now under construction, the community library will focus on children's materials and services, computer technology and enhanced offerings.

According to an annual report recently released by library officials, the total circulation figure for 2000 was 39,277. The collection added 3,166 items.

Officials noted that last year 1,123 patrons took part in 102 adult and youth programs, the library collection was reinventoried with bar codes, and the monthly women's book club continues to be successful.

The report showed that the Friends of the Library sponsored two profitable book sales.

The library also participated in a number of community events, including several raffles and membership drives as well as the PTA's Library Fun Day in Akron Elementary School and the Akron-Newstead Health Fair.

The Children's Summer Fun Club was very well-received last year, library officials said.

Sixty children read 771 books for 1,090 minutes, the report showed.

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