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With economy down, library use is way up

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Mary Scheide doesn't have to look far to see evidence of the struggling economy. She can just step out of her office.

Scheide is head librarian at the Dakota County Library in Farmington. In recent months she's seen use of the facility increase dramatically. Library use in December, measured by the number of books checked out, was up 31 percent over December of 2007. Use in January was up by the same amount over the previous year.

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