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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Director's Report for August, 2009

Circulation for August was 4,699 items. This is a decrease from last month, July 2009 (19% decrease) and a slight decrease from last year, August 2008 (2.2% decrease). The decrease from July is due to the end of the summer reading program.
4,802 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk.

New Patron Registrations
27 new patrons registered in August.

Collection Development
We added approximately 119 items to our collection in August.
We received our first shipment of audiobooks on CD from our new vendor, BBC Audiobooks America. The packaging of the materials is slightly different in size and color from our current collection, but it will fit on the shelf as it is, so they won’t require extensive re-packaging. The selection of titles from BBC audio includes more non-fiction and a wider variety of genres, so they will increase the breadth of our audiobook collection.

Highlights from ARIS form
The ARIS form is the first of two reports we make annually to the MBLC as part of our application for state aid and certification. The ARIS form reports on library holdings, services and activity. All figures are as of June 30, 2009 or for the period from July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009.
Total Holdings: 33,085. Holdings includes volumes of books, movies, audiobooks, magazine subscriptions, and downloadable online items. Our holdings increased less than 1% over 2008, and our proportion of Childrens items to Adult items remained the same. Our holdings are very stable because of our space limitations. Although we continue to purchase new items, we must constantly offset that by removing other items from the collection.
Total Circulation: 66,014. Circulation includes checkouts plus renewals of all items. This is an increase of 1.6% over 2008. The two areas that changed the most were children’s books down 8%, and adult videos up 10%.
Total Interlibrary Loan activity: 18,079. Slightly more than half this number are items we requested from other libraries, slightly less are items we loaned to other libraries. This is an 8% increase over 2008.

Annual visits to the library increased 3%.

The other big change in our service activity was a drastic (46%) decrease in total attendance at children’s programs. This decrease is because of our decision not to host as many high-attendance paid performers, and our change to the structure of the summer reading program meant that many children worked on projects at home, instead of attending regular weekly programs hosted by the library.

Public Computers
We received a check in the amount of $2,825 from the Upton Men’s Club, and I have ordered the hardware through iSolve. We are buying 3 dell notebook computers and a high-quality color laser printer. Ian Hurd of iSolve is donating a wireless internet router and the technical labor to install the equipment once it arrives.

Summer Reading Program
Our summer reading finale on August 15th had beautiful weather, and over 100 children participated in making alka-seltzer rockets, viewing the space-themed art projects and having free sundaes from JJ’s Icecream.

Library book group: met on Aug 26th.
Senior book group: 6 people met on August 18th.
Thursday storytime averaged 12 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 5 young adults.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 7 patrons and 15 items.

Special Events in August
August 6th, Buzz Lightyear special storytime, attendance 20.
August 15th, Summer Reading Finale, attendance 100+.
August 18th and 19th, Red Cross Babysitter class, attendance 14.
August 19th, Movie night, “October Sky”, attendance 10.

18 items were delivered to 2 patrons on August 4th.

Upcoming Events in August
September 16th, Ultra teen group participates in teen trivia contest hosted by Shrewsbury public library.

September 17th, Financial Seminar, “Funding your children’s education”, presented by New York Life insurance company, 6:30-8:00pm at the Library.

Plans for Next Month

1) Complete financial form / State Aid application

2) Select architect for new library project with Feasibility Committee

3) Purchase and install new computer equipment.

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