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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Report of the Library Director for April, 2010

Circulation declines – Garden Day May 15th! – Reference Collection to circulate

Circulation for April was 3,996 items. This is a sharp decrease from last month, March 2010 (12.6 %), and April of 2009 (17.1%). Last year we had an unusually high April and low May, so I’ll wait to see the numbers from May and June before we decide if this drop is a trend or just an anomaly.
4,230 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 626 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 40 times in April.

New Patron Registrations
15 new patrons registered in April.

Collection Development
We added approximately 125 items to our collection in April.

I have been very pleased with our standing order plan for Audiobooks on CD from BBC Audio this year, and Lisa has just signed a contract with them to add their Juvenile Audiobooks 2 titles per month plan, starting in July, at a cost of approximately $800 for the year.

Magazine Subscriptions
I have renewed our periodicals subscription with Demco. Once the new subscriptions start in August, I plan on relabeling our display area, and revising our policy on magazine archives. Currently, we keep one year of back issues in the library, and a second year in storage. The extra issues in storage are accessed very infrequently, less than 1 circulation per month, and we need the space for fiction titles.
After the new subscriptions start, I would like to withdraw the extra year of back issues in storage, and keep only one year of back issues, shelved in the library. Exceptions to this rule are Consumer Reports and National Geographic; we would continue to keep 5 years of back issues for these titles.

Reference Collection
I have begun the process of integrating the reference collection into the circulating collection. Since most reference questions are answered using online sources, it no longer makes sense to reserve these books for in-library use only. This project is one of the action items on our long range plan.
The only items I am keeping in the reference category are our newest encyclopedia set, dictionaries, and a handful of books that are used every year for specific school projects. The rest of what is now in reference will be moved to storage, withdrawn, or recataloged into the circulating collection.
The shelf space that was previously used for reference will be used for Audio-Visual materials.

Library book group: met on April 28th.
Senior book group: 5 people met on April 6th.
Thursday storytime averaged 11 children per session.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 20 participants. Thank you to Mindy Martin & Kathryn Williams for helping with this program.
Teen Tuesday 8 teens visited the library on April 13th. Behavior in the Young Adult area has improved greatly over the last month.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 6 patrons and 16 items.

Special Events in April
April 21st – Sparky’s Puppets performance at Nipmuc Auditorium, sponsored by the Friends of the Upton Library, attendance of 112.

April 22nd - Earth Day Storytime at Upton State Forest, in collaboration with Mass DCR, attendance of 43.

No book deliveries were made by library volunteers. The pair of Girl Scouts working on their Bronze Award have started work on the planters outside the library.

Matthew is taking vacation from May 17th-June 11th.

Upcoming Events in May:
May 15th – Garden Day! Our second annual plant swap on the library lawn, will also include children’s craft activity, a mini-booksale, and 3 free gardening workshops.

Third Grade Field Trips – the 3rd graders from Memorial School visit the library on May 19th and 26th.

Plans for Next Month

1) Finalize Summer Reading Program events and procedures.

2) Finish integrating reference collection.

3) Emergency weeding of the adult fiction collection.

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