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2023 in review
December 21, 2023
As we say goodbye to 2023, we want to take a moment to reflect on the highlights of the last 12 months.

We are thankful for an incredible year that was full innovation and new ways to serve our community’s needs. We debuted two new electric bookmobiles, and added electric tricycles to our collection. This year also brought exciting collaborations through special edition library cards designs. We introduced the Sacramento Kings library card in July and the Let Freedom Read card in October. We welcomed over 8,700 new cardholders to the library through these cards in just a few months.

Our community embraced the library’s return to in-person events in a big way. Our new Enters the Chat series attracted hundreds of attendees to hear from people like award-winning hosts of the Ear Hustle podcast, Sacramento-based lesbian pulp fiction writer Ann Bannon, and cold-case investigator Paul Holes. These free programs brought the community together to engage thoughtfully around a variety of topics. Don’t worry - there’s even more to come in 2024.

We continued to support our youth by serving 11,000 meals to kids through Lunch at the Library, and helping more than 800 teens find the perfect outfit with our free Prom Drive Giveaways. We also hosted xx free play-based programs for young children and their families.

This year digital materials were as popular as ever. With nearly 3 million checkouts, digital circulation is nearly equal to physical circulation. No item in our collection was more popular than our California State Library Parks passes, which were checked out over 6,000 times!

We look forward to serving for our region’s diverse communities in the new year. Here’s to making even more connections inside and beyond library walls in 2024!