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Monday, January 6, 2014

Report of the Library Director for December, 2013

Planning and Design grant  – Library improvements delayed – FY15 Budget

December circulation activity was 4,000, which is 6.1% lower than last month and 10.9% lower than last year. 

Laptops: 15.  Nooks: 2.  Games: 47.

Unique Patrons
Upton Library currently has 1,444 items checked out to 317 unique patrons.

Digital Content Use
BYKI: In December, 5 users accessed byki for a total of 7.3 hours.  Our top languages were German and Spanish.
Overdrive: eBook circulation to Upton patrons: 217, eAudio circulations: 41.
Wowbrary:   We have 140 active subscribers to Wowbrary. (+1)
New Patron Registrations:  15 new patrons registered in December.
New Items: We added 194 items to the collection in December.
Passport Applications processed in December: 9.

Library book group: 7 people met on Dec 4th.
Senior book group: 6 people met on Dec 10th.
Thursday storytime averaged 4 children per session for 4 sessions.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 6 children per session for 4 sessions. 
Library Table: 3 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 28 items.
Lego Days: averaged 5 children for 2 sessions.

Special Events
First Night Upton – the Library was open until 9pm on Dec 31st.  The First Night Upton committee sent us a face painting team, and the library provided children’s coloring pages.  158 people participated.

Plans for Next Month
1) Grant application – Planning and Design
2) Library improvements?
3) FY 15 Budget

 Library Improvement
We are still waiting the architectural specifications for the improvements project to be completed.  Once those are done, we can send the project out to bid and see what responses we get from contractors.
The timeline for the project must be pushed back, we will be unable to meet our goal of starting the project Feb 1st.
Our start date at this point will be dependent on the specs being completed and the bid responses.

Planning and Design Grant
The rough draft of the Planning and Design Grant application is completed.  After tonight’s meeting I will revise the application to produce a final draft, and add in the remaining elements such as the timeline, financial plan and photographs.

FY15 Budget
As of January 6th, I have not received any communications from the Finance Committee or Personnel Board.
There is a department heads meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, Jan 8th, and I hope to get more information about the FY15 budget process at that meeting.
In the meantime, I have revised our draft budget request to include the increase to materials discussed at the December trustee meeting, and I will be prepared to submit an initial budget request pending more information about wage recommendations.

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