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Monday, March 1, 2010

Report of the Library Director for February 2010

Circulation
Circulation for February was 4,004 items. This is nearly identical to last month, January 2010 (0.1% decrease) and less than last year, February 2009 (6.3% decrease).
4,125 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 553 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.

New Patron Registrations
15 new patrons registered in February.

Collection Development
We added approximately 66 items to our collection in February.
Before proceeding with the cancellation of our Boston Globe subscription, I have posted a survey form for Patrons to indicate which newspapers they rely upon. I will leave the survey up for the month of March and then tally the results.
We have received our periodical subscription renewal form from Demco. We need to drop 5-6 monthly titles to fit our new adult magazine space. I will work with Sue and Lisa to determine which titles to cancel. Once that decision is made, the last step in the new reading area project is to label our magazine racks for ease of use.

Lisa is working with a company called “Junior Library Guild”, which offers standing order plans for juvenile books. Each plan automatically ships 1 book per month. We have selected 3 plans to try until June, and then if we like their bindings and selections, we might make a major investment of a significant percentage of our juvenile materials budget for FY11. The books average about $1 more than if we purchased them from Baker & Taylor, but the convenience of pre-selection and consistent shipments are worth the extra expense.

Programs
  • Library Book Group: 6 people met on February 24th.
  • Senior Book Group: met on Feburary 2nd. Thanks to Eileen Rakitin for coordinating and leading this discussion.
  • Thursday Storytime averaged 7 children per session.
  • TinyTots Lapsit averaged 23 participants.
  • TeenTuesday landed on school vacation week, so ULTRA did not formally meet in February. We usually have 8-15 teenagers using library space in the hours after school from 2-6pm.
  • Library Table: 2 visits, averaged 2 patrons and 5 items. Library table was canceled twice in February because the Senior Center canceled all activities due to weather.

Special Events in February
76 people attended our school vacation performer, Mark Binder, on Feb. 17th. This program was sponsored by FULTI.

Volunteers
9 items were delivered to 1 patron on February 23rd.

Staff
Donna Kempton is still out of work due to a broken leg. Current estimate is that she will be out for most or all of March.

Matthew is planning on taking vacation time in the end of May and beginning of June. Tentative plans are for May 17th-June 9th. I am working with Lisa to make sure we have staff coverage and administrative tasks are completed.

Upcoming Events in March:
Lisa will participate in Read Across America Day as a guest reader at Memorial School on March 2nd.

Plans for Next Month

1) Meet with FinCom to present Budget.

2) Create first draft of new patron packet.

3) Finish clearing out backlog of items to be withdrawn, with help from Eileen.

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