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Monday, August 3, 2009

Director's Report for July, 2009

Circulation for July was 5,819 items. This is an increase from both last month, June 2009 (8.4% increase) and from last year, July 2008 (4.3% increase). This is also a new overall record for one month circulation!
6,023 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk.

New Patron Registrations
20 new patrons registered in July

Collection Development
We added approximately 102 items to our collection in July.
I have enrolled the library in the BBC Audiobooks America standing order plan, we have not yet received our first selections from them.
Our magazine subscriptions have been switched back to Demco Periodicals, and we have been receiving the issues that were being lost by EVA. Some duplicate issues have been coming because of subscription overlap, but we now have only one title left on our subscription list that we have not yet received.

Public Computers
Our grant application in the amount of $2,825 for new public computer equipment has been approved by the Upton Men’s Club. I am in the process of getting back in touch with Ian Hurd of iSolve to purchase and install the equipment.

Summer Reading Program
As of July 31st, 524 children have registered for the Summer Reading program. Our finale event with free ice cream sundaes will be held on Saturday, August 15th, and the program officially ends on August 22nd.

Library book group: met on July 29th.
Senior book group: 6 people met on July 7th.
Thursday storytime averaged 8 children per session, in July and August we are holding morning storytime only.
TinyTots lapsit TinyTots is over for the summer and will resume in September.
Teen Tuesday was attended by 9 young adults.
Library Table: 5 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 16 items.

Special Events in July
July 7th and 21st, Blast off with a good book reading group, attendance 7.

Four sessions of Spanish storytime, Wednedsays in July, average attendance 7.

July 15th, movie night free showing of “Fly Me to the Moon”, held in the library, attendance 22 children and assorted parents.

July 21st, Roger Tincknell and Davis Bates concert, sponsored by Upton Cultural Council, held in Nipmuc auditorium, attendance 217.

July 21st, Lecture and book signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan, co-sponsored by Kaliedoscope bookstore, attendance 30.

18 items were delivered to 2 patrons on July 7th.
Students from Mendon-Upton Regional School District were guest readers at our Spanish storytimes in July.

Upcoming Events in August
August 6th, Buzz Lightyear visits the library for a special storytime at 10:30.

August 15th – Summer program finale on library lawn. Free ice cream sundaes from JJ’s icecream, display of children’s artwork created over the summer on our space theme.

August 19th – free movie showing at the library, “October Sky” 6:30pm.

August 22nd – end of the summer program, last day for the treasure chest reading prizes.

Plans for Next Month

1) Wrap up Summer program.

2) Complete ARIS form.

3) Purchase and install new computer equipment.

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