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Item/Service Estimated Value Explanation
 Hardback Books Borrowed
 $25.00 Average cost of hardback fiction and nonfiction books
 Paperback Books Borrowed
 $10.00 Average cost of mass market paperbacks ($7) and trade paperbacks ($14)
 Children's Books Borrowed
$12.00  Average cost of children's books in hardback and paperback
 Audiobooks Borrowed or Downloaded
 Average cost of audiobook purchased in CD or digital format

 eBooks Downloaded


 Average cost of an Amazon Kindle best-seller in 2011 [1]

 DVDs Borrowed  $4.00  Average cost of renting a DVD
 Magazines Borrowed  $5.00  Average cost of purchasing an individual magazine issue
 Interlibrary Loans Requested
 $20.00  Average cost of ordering a book from another library
 Newspapers Used in Library  $14.00  Average cost of a monthly subscription
 Meeting Room Use per Hour  $25.00  Average hourly cost of meeting room rentals
 Adult Programs and Classes Attended  $10.00  Average cost of attending a short class or workshop
 Children's Programs Attended  $6.00  Average cost of attending a short children's program
 Hours of Computer Use
 $5.00  Average hourly cost at an Internet cafe
 Research or Genealogy Questions Asked  $15.00  Estimated


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Online collection of animated, talking picture books to encourage reading in children.


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