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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Report of the Library Director for June 2010

Circulation Jumps – Summer Program off to great start – Possible local art display space

Circulation for June was 5,529 items. This is a large increase from last month (40% increase), and nearly the same as last year, June 2009. (2% decrease)
5,778 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 838 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 80 times in June, a new record high.

New Patron Registrations
40 new patrons registered in June, over double our usual average of 15-18 registrations. Most of the new patrons registered during the week of Summer Program signups.

Collection Development
We added approximately 121 items to our collection in June.

Summer Program
393 children are registered for the Summer Program. 130 registered on the first day of signups (June 19th), and 306 registered in the first week.
139 children returned to the library to claim a prize from the treasure chest in the first week of the program.

Our Lil’ Folk Farm petting zoo / Sno-Cone give away on Saturday, June 19th was attended by 146 people.

Theatre performance of “Jack and the Two Headed Ogre” by University of New Hampshire drama students was attended by 178 people on Wednesday, June 30th.

Picnic Table
Picnic Table and trash can have been ordered from Barco Products, and should arrive before the end of July. The seating area is being funded by a $1,500 grant from Unibank.

Display Space at the Library
After moving the public computers, we now have a 4’ by 4’ display board on the front wall of the library. Currently, I am using it for a “Thought-Provoking Topics” display of non-fiction library books. I have received an inquiry from an Upton resident about displaying their artwork in the library. Displays of local art are a common library service, and a benefit to the community, however we would need to establish a policy to regulate the display space. I have attached some sample policies from other Massachusetts libraries to use as a starting place for our discussions.

Links to policies:
Springfield City Library
Dudley Library
Worcester Library

Library book group: 10 people met on June 29th.
Senior book group: 6 people met on June 1st.
Thursday storytime averaged 8 children per session. Morning session will continue, while afternoon session will not be held in July and August.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots is not held during the summer months, the next session will start in September
Teen Tuesday was held on June 15th.
Library Table: 5 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 18 items.

Special Events in June
See Summer Reading Program.

A full class of 12 students attended the Red Cross Babysitter Certification course, held on June 22nd and 23rd in Memorial School.

Staff have begun to submit their requests for summer vacation time. So far I’ve been able to approve the requests with no more than one staff person being absent at a time.

Upcoming Events in July:
July 9th – Library Volunteer Day at Community Harvest Project in Grafton.

July 13th – Children’s Musical Performance, 2pm Nipmuc Auditorium: Jay Mankita and the Lean, Green Cleanup Machine

Plans for Next Month

1) Implement Summer Reading Program

2) Finish Weeding of Adult Fiction collection, and begin circulation of reference collection.

3) Investigate options for public fax service.

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