02/27/2014 Some fun stats about your library

 

  • Added 5,050 new items to our collection – including
    911 donations.
  • Checked out 94,283 items, a 2.6 percent increase from
    2012.  More than 83,000 people
    walked through our doors, up one percent from 2012.
  • Provided computers for use by about 20,000 people,
    not including those who used their own laptops in the library and took
    advantage of our wireless service after hours.
  • Acquired a total of 11 Nooks to ensure there is
    always one e-reader available for checkout: four with adult fiction
    content, four with adult nonfiction content and three with youth content.
  • Increased programming for all ages by 62 percent,
    dramatically higher than our 10 percent goal, with a 35 percent increase
    in attendance.
  • Increased downloadable content to 23 percent of our
    total holdings.  Our goal is 25
    percent by 2015.
  • Received $8,446 in grants and $24,878 in donations,
    which is 5.8 percent of our revenue.
  • Benefited from our dedicated volunteers, who
    contributed more than 1,000 hours, almost one-half of a full-time
    position.
  • Continued taking advantage of resource sharing
    opportunities.  For example,
    AspenCat, administered by the Colorado Library Consortium, gives our
    patrons access not only to the 29,000 items in our collection but also to
    749,966 items belonging to the other 47 member libraries.  In 2013, we loaned 1,539 items and
    borrowed 5,132, delivered via daily courier service.
  • Subscribed to multiple educational, reference and
    entertainment electronic databases. 
    During 2013, our patrons downloaded 4,500 items and logged 1,201
    sessions on our other electronic databases – an almost 300 percent
    increase in usage.
  • Provided continuing education opportunities to our
    staff to ensure we are up to date on technological advances and providing
    the best possible service and programming to our community.

           

Help, please! re foreign language films

            We would like to
improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films,
but our DVD budget is limited.  If you
have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to
donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, and a movie event for adults
that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with African-American
actresses and actors.  The contract that
we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what
we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the
radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, please pick up
the monthly adult activities flyer at the library, check the home page of our
website or phone the library to ask. 
Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues. 

 

Free kids gaming

            Kids in the
first-sixth grades are invited to enjoy Wii, Xbox, board games and cards
tomorrow (Friday, February 28) from 2 – 3:15 p.m.

 

Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles,) and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

DVDs

            “We Bought a Zoo”
is a family movie based on a true story. 
“Monsters University,”
“Turbo” and “Madagascar”
are animated movies.  “Ender’s Game” is a
fantasy adventure.”How I Live Now” is an apocalyptic story set in near-future U.K.  We also have two new Robert Redford films,
one an adventure called “All is Lost” and the other a documentary called
“Forever Wild” that celebrates America’s
wilderness.

           

CDs

            “The Pagan Lord”
by Bernard Cornwell is the latest in the epic Saxon Tale saga.  “Flyover Lives” by novelist Diane Johnson is
a memoir that looks at her life through the stories of her early American
ancestors.  “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L.
Doctorow takes a trip into the mind of a man who has been the inadvertent agent
of disaster.  “The Death Trade” by Jack
Higgins is the latest in the Sean Dillon thriller series.   

 

Large print

            “Heirs
of the Body” by Carola Dunn is the latest in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery
series.  “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen tells
of the writer, his wife and his mistress. 
“Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule is a murder mystery set in Washington State. 
“The Brass Man” is a western by Max Brand.  “Big Sky Secrets” is a romance by Linda Lael
Miller.  “Sanits of the Shadow Bible” by
Ian Rankin is the latest in the Rebus mystery series.  “Tatiana” by Martin Cruz Smith is the latest
in the Arkady Renko mystery series. 

 

How-to and self-help

             “The Tell” by psychologist Matthew Hertenstein
shows you how to train yourself to read physical clues to significantly
increase your predictive skills. 
“Strength for the Sandwich Generation” by Kristine Bertini offers advice
to help you thrive while simultaneously caring for your kids and aging
parents.  “My Age of Anxiety” by Scott
Stossel tells of the author’s struggles with anxiety and the history of efforts
by scientists, philosophers and writers to understand the condition.

 

Memoirs

            “A Natural History
of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” by Marie Brennan is the story of the woman
who brought dragons into the clear light of modern science.  “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right
Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat” by former Florida Governor Charlie
Grist shares his frank opinions about top-tier Republicans and why he had to
leave the GOP.

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Sue Ellen Haning, Pam Kircher, Jonathan Stein,
Sara Wilson and, of course, our anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Getting ahead in
a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  That is why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior
talent.” – Italian actress Sophia Loren.

 

Website

            For more information on library
books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.               

                                                            

                                                        
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