212013Aug

End of the Year Review

I’m in the process of doing end of the year reports and getting ready for the new fiscal year.  This is always an interesting time to look back at what we have accomplished and get excited about the new things being offered in the upcoming year.  I thought I’d share a little with you.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 staff at your libraries

  • Checked out 816, 473 books, DVDs, books on CD, CDs, playaways, and magazines.
  • Saw 592,433 visitors
  • Offered 1505 programs that were attended by 32,411 people
  • Answered approximately 49,379 research questions
  • Helped 32,0007 people with computer questions
  • Provided computer access to 135,462 people

Libraries were open a total of approximately 2,604 hours last year.  That means that during one hour’s time, each day, library staff

  • Welcomed 228 visitors
  • Checked out 314 items
  • Answered around 19 research questions while they
  • Helped 12 people with computer problems and
  • Provided computer access to 52 people 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a whole lot to do within one hour!  You’d think that after doing that much all day long, staff would want to slow down and catch their breath.  Not these folks!

Library employees are hard at work coming up with ideas for new programs and new services, ways to improve on existing services, creating displays to make library visitors check out even more items, and  how they can advertise all the many wonderful things your libraries offer.  Because, you know, we aren’t busy enough already!  Just a few of the things I know that are in the works are a celebration of Banned Books Week, a visit by a nationally known young adult author, a program honoring Veterans, a discussion on the United States Constitution, exercise classes, a Zombie Ball, the launch of electronic notification of programs and events and the celebration of May Memorial’s 75th anniversary.  I could keep going, but we want some things to be a surprise!   This staff is so passionate about what Libraries can do for their community that there is no stopping them!

We are all set to start the year with fun and exciting programs and services.  We hope you will join us as we strive to make Alamance County Public Libraries the place to be!

August 21, 2013