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Better than Whistler/Blackcomb Framed as a Jeopardy question, you'd tell Alex Trebek: "What is the Whistler Public Library?" That's right, the library is growing more popular than Whistler/Blackcomb, or just about anything else in town, if you go by year-to-year increases in memberships. October alone was "the busiest month we've ever had" for new memberships, says chief librarian Joan Richoz, with a whopping 53 per cent increase over memberships sold the same month in 1996. Okay, so that means just 511 memberships were signed for in October, but you have to like the percentages. November did very well, too, with a 35 per cent boost in sales numbers for the month, to 521 memberships. The boost in new members explains the action at the library's circulation desk. Twenty-eight per cent more items were borrowed in October than for the same month last year. While a bit quieter, November moved 14 per cent more items than the same month last year. If Whistler/Blackcomb did those kinds of numbers, Intrawest executives would levitate. "It's a pretty busy place," says Richoz. "We need more room for people to sit, to do research or for general reading. Even though it's not really quiet, the library is quieter than home, where people may have several roommates." Of course, being the holiday season and all, Pique Newsmagazine wonders if a Whistler corporate giant or three might want to applaud the library's success with a donation of some sort. The public library is scheduled to become a municipal library in 1999. Mountain Community Health Alternatives is looking for volunteers to help with First Night activities on New Year’s Eve. Anyone interested in helping out should call 938-3181.

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