The 16th president moved the turnstiles at the Walnut Creek library.
(It might have helped that an Oscar-contending film about Abe Lincoln came out at the same time.)
The Lincoln exhibit from mid-December to early February commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It came to Walnut Creek courtesy of the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center.
The second-floor exhibit averaged 76 people a day since it opened for a total of 2,888 (which excludes opening night), reported Kristin Anderson, executive director of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
In January, there were six special programs focused on Lincoln and the Civil War, and more than 900 people attended, said Anderson. Videos of some of the special programs are available on the Walnut Creek Library Foundation website.
"There were roughly 700 people at the open house in December and the line around the building was something I'll always remember," wrote Anderson in an email.
Anderson thanked retired library director Cindy Brittain for "being the instigator of this wonderful experience."