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Library wins check-out challenge

VISTA — It’s official: County Library Director José Aponte is wearing a Mohawk.  Three branches – Vista, San Marcos and La Mesa,– competed in a Checkout Challenge to reach one million checkouts for the fiscal year, which ended June 30.

The Vista Library reached the milestone with a day to spare, clocking in at 1,003,394 checkouts from July 1, 2013 through June 29, 2014.

Losing (yet winning) the Checkout Challenge to reach one million checkouts for the fiscal year, five library staff, from left, Daniel Aguilar, Richard Park, Hector Ortega, Kris Jorgenson, and JP Baker join Library Director José Aponte for a Mohawk haircut. courtesy photosLosing (yet winning) the Checkout Challenge to reach one million checkouts for the fiscal year, San Diego County Library Director José Aponte agreed to sport a Mohawk haircut.

The branch hosted a “1 Million Celebration” July 11.  In addition to refreshments and entertainment, customers enjoyed a special collection of 500 new DVDs to check out while five staffers and Library Director José Aponte, publicly cut their hair into Mohawks at the event.

“I am appreciative of the Vista Library’s effort and am excited and elated to celebrate their accomplishment,” said Aponte.  “Subjectively, I am braced, if not resigned, to the big event. It’s time for me to make good on my promise. I’m going to rock that Mohawk.”

As of June 29, the San Marcos Branch was in second place with 885,256 checkouts, and La Mesa in third place with 842,100 checkouts.

“I am very proud of the community’s support on our year-long effort to reach 1 million,” said Vista Branch Manager Ceci Rincón. “Our customers truly value the library and have shown it more than ever by checking out materials, attending programs, and sharing in our enthusiasm for this competition.”

For more information, contact the Vista Branch at (760) 643-5100.

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