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Monday, September 13, 2010

Director's Report for August 2010

New Public Fax Sending Service – Withdrawing items to prepare for Booksale –

Circulation for August was 5,163 items. This is down from our peak last month (14.6% decrease), but higher than August of last year (9.8% increase).
5,456 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 672 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 39 times in August.

New Patron Registrations
21 new patrons registered in August.

Collection Development
We added approximately 78 items to our collection in July.

The majority of the reference collection has been integrated into the circulating collection, with only 29 individual volumes, and 3 encyclopedia sets retained as reference.

I am about half-way through weeding the adult non-fiction collection. I hope to finish that and withdraw many titles from storage before the booksale on October 2nd.

Public Fax Service
We now offer a public fax sending service. Patrons can send faxes at a cost of 50 cents per page to United States phone numbers.

Magazine Collection
The last stage of our magazine collection re-organization has been completed. The two major changes are that the most current issue of the monthly magazines will be available for circulation, and we will no longer be keeping back issues of magazines in storage.

Summer Program
The Summer Reading Program for 2010 is complete. 500 children registered for the program, and 1,042 weekly prizes were claimed, an average of 130 per week.

At our Finale event, 12 children brought recyclable craft projects to our art display, and JJ’s Ice Cream and the Friends of the Library gave away 50 ice cream cones.

Picnic Table
Our brand new picnic table, donated by Unibank, has been vandalized with obscene graffiti scratched into the top.

Technology Instruction
A patron asked if we offer any computer classes, and I explained the limitations of our facility and was discussing how a computer class would have to be structured to be successful, and I thought, “hey maybe we could actually do this”, so I’d like to try offering Technology classes and see how it goes. My preliminary plan would be to hold them on Tuesday nights, with a short lesson on a specific topic, followed by general questions and drop-in help time.

Library book group: 8 people met on August 25th.
Senior book group: 8 people met on August 3rd.
Thursday storytime averaged 11 children per session. Afternoon session begins again in September.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots is not held during the summer months, the next session will start in September
Teen Tuesday Ultra has not been having formal meetings, but the library is a popular hang out place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 7 patrons and 17 items.

Special Events in August
Drop in Craft at library, August 6th, attendance 28
Children’s Bookgroup at library, August 10th, attendance 4
Summer Reading Finale, August 21st, attendance 50

Upcoming Events in September
Return of Friday TinyTots

Plans for Next Month

1) Finish weeding Adult Non-Fiction

2) Cleaning and reorganization of Storage

3) Complete Long Range Plan and Certification Forms

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