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500,000th item checked out at Johnson City Public Library

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Johnson City has had a public library since 1895.  The library opened in it's current location in 1999, and today it reached a new milestone.

Thursday morning, 7-year-old Nora Pugh checked out the 500,000th item at the library since July 1st of last year.

This is the first time in the library's history that the half-million check-out mark has been reached in one year.

Checking out the books for Nora and her family was Jenna Thayer-Coleman, she's celebrating her 30th year of working at the Johnson City Public Library.

"When I first came here we were a busy library but we were no where near as busy as we are now. We're checking in 1500 items a day and checking out 1200 to 1500 items a day and in years past a thousand item day would just about put us under for a week," said Coleman. 

Rachel and Joey Pugh and their four daughters come to the library each week to check out books, as part of the libraries' Summer Reading Program.

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