Booksale Sept 27th– Progress on lights and Circ desk – Back to school schedule.
August circulation activity was 5,667, showing our typical
end of summer dip and remaining about 9% lower than last year.Circulation was 11.7% lower than last month,
and 8.7% lowerthan August of last year.
Laptops: 21.Nooks: 3.Games: 57.
As of Sept 4th, we had 2,543 items checked out to 604 unique
Digital Content Use
BYKI: 5 users for 13
hours.The most popular languages were French and Italian.
circulation to Upton
patrons: 261, eAudio circulations: 75.
Wowbrary: We have 144 active subscribers to Wowbrary. (+3)
New Patron Registrations:18 new patrons registered in August.
New Items: We
added 356 items to the collection in August.
processed in August: 3.
Programs Library book group: 5 people met on August 27th. Senior book group: 7 people met on August
Library Table: 4
visits, averaged 8 patrons and 32 items.
ESL classes: 2
classes, averaged 3 students.
Summer Program Events
Movie Nights: Aug 5th,
Aug 7th, 25 participants
Live Clue Game: Aug
6th, 12 participants
Sleepover: Aug 12th, 32 participants
Guest Storytime w/
Jonathan Hall: Aug 13th, 49 participants
Ice Cream / Summer
Finale: Aug 14th, 66 participants
Upcoming Events in September
25th, guest reader for Yoga storytimes on Thursdays.
Friends of the Library – Meeting 9:30 am on Thursday, Sept 18th.
Library Booksale – Sat, September 27th 9am-3pm
Plans for Next Month
1) Designer Selection for Consultant
2) Financial report for Certification
3) Circulation Desk installed?
Planning and Design Grant
Received 3 proposals
for library building consultant in response to our RFQ.At our September 8th meeting we
should appoint the designer selection committee (4 trustees + director) and set
up a plan for grading and interviewing.
Feasibility committee members have confirmed that they want to participate, and
I received one response to my call for interested residents.We should appoint some or all of the
Feasibility Committee members on Sept 8th.
I will have a draft
letter asking other town officials for input on library site options ready for discussion
at the meeting.
Library Facility Improvements
New lighting over
two shelving aisles is installed and working, I am very happy with the light
quality.The fixtures don’t match our
existing ones, but the lights are brighter and fix the problems with those two
areas.Total bill for the light
installation was $719.
New public chairs
were delivered and look nice.Not many
comments from the public about them yet.
Bill Andrews has
started work on the circulation desk, and continues to add refinements to the
design.We’ll now be getting shelves
that slide out like kitchen cabinets instead of fixed shelving.Staff and I are excited for the new desk.
Closet doors are a
non-standard width, as I expected.They
are structurally sound, so I recommend repainting them instead of trying to fit
I would really like
to find a way to keep our 20’ storage trailer for a longer period of time, it
would be an easy solution to the problem of excess weight in the attic.
The purchase cost of
the trailer would be $4,400, and our monthly rental is $80, so the purchase is
approx. 4.5 years worth of renting.
The bigger problem
is where to put it that will be least disruptive to the parking lot, snow
plowing and other departments.I have
started talking to other departments and will continue in September to see if
we can find a solution, or if I need to give up on the trailer idea.
Board of Health room
I’d like to consider
two options for utilizing the space currently occupied by the Board of Health.
/ Children’s storytime room
computers / reading room
I also want to
consider the pros and cons of putting a security camera in that room.
Normally I am
strongly in favor of privacy and lack of cameras in public places, but I am
worried by the isolation of that room, and the fact that staff won’t be able to
see or hear anything going on in that space.