02/28/2013 – Did you know …? What the numbers say about your library

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·        
During 2012, we continued our practice of
weeding the library’s collection.  As a
result, the total number of items dropped 1.8 percent to 30,844. At the same
time, though, we added 4,987 new items – up 11.8 percent from last year — as
we strive for quality over quantity because of limited space.

·        
82,438 patrons visited the library last year, down
five percent from the year before.  This
may be because so many patrons are using our online resources instead of coming
to the library.

·        
91,239 materials (books, magazines, CDs, audio
tapes, DVDs and videos) were checked out last year, up 4.3 percent over 2011.

·        
Attendance is up for our special programs for
children (up 14.2 percent), which is great news.  Unfortunately, attendance is down some for adults
and more for teens. We are especially concerned about the teen numbers.  This is a really hard group to reach.  If you have any programming ideas, please
contact Jackie Welch, the library director, who would be grateful for your
input.

·        
Number of cards issued jumped 9.4 percent to 9,808 in 2012.  We are excited by this good news.

·        
Website visits were up 18.3 percent to 24,935
last year.  Again, a nice increase.

·        
Use of the two interlibrary loan systems continues
to grow dramatically, up 66.2 percent to 5,133 items in 2012, primarily a
result of membership in AspenCat.  Our
books loaned to other libraries are up 57.6 percent to 1,526 in 2012.

 

Science fun for kids

            Tomorrow (Friday,
March 1) from 2 – 3:15 p.m.
is Science Fun, a free science and technology club for curious kids in 4th
through 6th grades. 
Registration is required.

 

Crafts how-to

            “Creating
Decorative Paper” by Paula Guhin explains how to transform ordinary paper into
scrapbooks, cards, memory boxes, gift wrap, invitations and more.  “Custom Crocheted Sweaters” by Dora
Ohrenstein shows you how to adapt patterns to fit your body beautifully.  “Stash Happy Applique” by Cynthia Shaffer
provides 25 projects to help you use fabric and felt leftovers creatively.

 

Other nonfiction

            “She Matters: A Life
in Friendships” by Susanna Sonnenberg illuminates the friendships with women
that have influenced, nourished and haunted the author.  “The Universe Within” by science writer Neil
Shubin explores the common history of rockets, planets and people.  “Remembering Whitney” by her mother Cissy
Houston is a biography of the singing legend. 
“The Future” by former Vice President Al Gore identifies six critical
drivers of global change.  “The Things
They Cannot Say” by Kevin Sites chronicles stories from 11 soldiers and marines
who tell what they’ve seen, done or failed to do in war.  “In a Queer Voice” reports on a study over
more than a decade in the lives of gay and lesbian youth in urban and rural
communities.

           

Large print

            “Moonlight
Masquerade” is a suspense romance by Jude Deveraux.  “Deadly Stakes” is a mystery by J.A.
Jance.  “The Night Ranger” by Alex
Berenson is about a kidnapping in East Africa.  “Touch and Go” is a suspense story by Lisa
Gardner.  “Invisible Murder” by Lene
Kaaberbol and Agnete Friss is a mystery about Hungarian gypsies.  “Red Fire” is a trio of western stories by
Max Brand.  “After Tex” by Sherryl Woods is the latest in the
Whispering Wind romance series.        “What the Cat Saw” by Carolyn Hart is a
mystery.  “The Chocolate Moose Motive” by
JoAnna Carl is a mystery in the Chocoholic series.  “Archie Meets Nero Wolfe” by Robert
Goldborough is the prequel Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mystery series.

 

Mysteries and thrillers

             “Suspect” by Robert Crais is a crime novel
about an LAPD cop and his German shepherd, both suffering from PTSD.  “Ratlines” by Stuart Neville is a crime story
about Nazis killed in Dublin
in 1963.

 

Books on CD

“Enemy of Mine”
by Brad Taylor is the third thriller in the series featuring terrorist task
force head Pike Logan.  “Political
Suicide” by Michael Palmer is a thriller set in Washington, D.C.  “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer tells of
an assassin recreating the murders of U.S. presidents.  “The Third Bullet” by Stephen Hunter explores
the assassination of President Kennedy. 
“Shadow Woman” by Linda Howard follows a woman who had lost two years of
her life.  “Private Berlin” by James
Patterson and Mark Sullivan is the latest in the thriller series featuring the
Private PI agency.  “Empire and Honor” by
W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is an espionage saga about a U.S.
deal to sent German intelligence agents to Argentina after WW II.  “Suspect” by Robert Crais is a crime novel
about an LAPD cop and his German shepherd, both suffering from PTSD.

                                                                                   

Thanks to our donors

            For their generous
donations, we thank Virginia Jane Cook for her gift in memory of Jerry Buckley
and Sue Ellen Haning, who donated the proceeds from her book signing of “Two
Nuts in Italy”  For books and materials this week, we thank Medora
Bass, Jim Murtino and Jim Smith.

 

Quotable Quote

            “If your mind is
empty, it is open to everything.  In the
beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are
few.” – Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971), Soto Zen monk and teacher who helped
popularize Zen Buddhism in the U.S..

                                                                                                                         

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