What the stats say about your library
Annually at this time of year, Jackie Welch, library director, prepares a report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  Here is a condensed version of that report on 2015 operations:

Major objectives achieved:  Completed culvert replacement project, resurfaced old parking lot, increased bandwidth in the library to 30 mbps, installed print management station for public computers and explored ways to maximize the existing space in the library.

Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows patrons access not only to the 28,200 items in our collection but also to more than one million items in the other 101 AspenCat libraries.  In 2015 we borrowed 8,098 items – up 23.8 percent over 2014 — and loaned 2,170.  By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines.

Collection development:  In 2015 we added 4,037 items, including 674 from donations, and deleted 5,519 worn or outdated items.

Usage stats:  More than 91,000 patrons walked through our doors last year, up 3.2 percent from 2014.   We checked out 103,578 items, up 8.8 percent.  Computer usage increased eight percent to 20,893 sessions, not counting patrons who used their own devices in the library or accessed our wireless service after hours.

Programming:  From early literacy to adult education, 4,990 people attended one or more of our 465 programs.

Donations, grants and volunteers:  We received $6,914 in donations and $6,481 in grants.  Our volunteers contributed 1,079 hours, a little more than one-half of a full-time position.

Continuing education:  To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities.

Automatic checkout station
A new automatic self-checkout station soon will be available at your library by the end of March to provide faster service and more convenience for you.  This new high-tech station will be especially advantageous for DVD checkouts that have been cumbersome because security issues forced us to keep the cases separate from the discs, thus requiring extra staff time to put them together once patrons had made your choices.  Sadly, the DVDs tended to “walk” when left on the shelf in their cases, so such labor-intensive actions were necessary to preserve our collection.  Now the most popular DVDs will be stored inside the system so they can be dispensed to patrons quickly.

Called a LAT-Cube, the station provides self-checkout for any items you want check out, not just DVDs.  It provides “one-stop shopping” for you because all materials can be processed and checked out at this station.

This system has the added advantage of total privacy for patrons checking out books or other materials on sensitive topics such as divorce, substance abuse, violence and various diseases.   The station is wireless so it can be put anywhere in the library.  The plan now is to put it near the public telephone, which is across from the large print collection.  This placement will allow privacy and also be close to the front circulation desk in case patrons need help as you use it.  We hope you like it!

Return to Sunday closings
Just a reminder:  Your library is closed now on Sundays.  Although our 2014 patron survey showed an apparent desire for the library to be open on Sundays, the response was lukewarm at best.  We averaged only 53 patrons visiting the library on Sundays, a small number that did not justify the cost of staff and utilities needed to stay open.  Interestingly, it is not unusual for libraries in Southwest Colorado to be closed on Sundays.  Durango, Ignacio, Mancos, Dolores, Cortez and Dove Creek all are closed.     In fact, only Bayfield and Telluride are open on Sundays.  We hope this change does not inconvenience you, but we are sure you understand that we have a responsibility to both patrons and taxpayers to spend the library’s funds wisely.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Change of day for some tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.   Most of the more formal sessions requiring advance registration will now be held on Fridays.  The next one is tomorrow (Friday, March 11) – iPad Basics from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  You must provide your own registered iPad.  Then on Monday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. is MS Word Basics.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, March 11) we will show a PG movie from 2-3:30 p.m.  We are not allowed to tell its title here but you can get it from the activities calendars available at your library.

Free Pajama Time storytime
Pajama Time storytime takes place next Tuesday, March 15 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.  We will sing, dance and read our way to bed.  This program takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

Free Lego Club
Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, March 12 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. for Lego Club.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, March 17 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.  New offerings include “Mahogany” starring Diana Ross as an aspiring designer from the Chicago slums.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

“The Case for Jesus” by Grant Pitre offers the biblical and historical evidence for Christ.  “Kids Supernaturally Natural” by missionary Virginia Humphreys offers scriptural principles to help both adults and children hear God’s voice.  “Downton Abbey A Celebration” by Jessica Fellowes is the official companion to all six seasons of this popular PBS series that ended last Sunday.   “The Movie Book” is a history of moving pictures from the silent era and early talkies to the technological achievements of today’s films.  “Smart Fat” by Dr. Steven Masley and Jonny Bowden, a nutritionist, offers a 30-day meal plan to eat more good fat to loose and keep off fat.  “Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy” by Sue Klebold is a memoir by the mother of one of the Columbine High School killers.

“Too Dumb to Fail” by Matt. K. Lewis explores the author’s belief that the Republicans have betrayed the Reagan Revolution and discusses how the GOP must reclaim and reinvigorate its conservative roots.  “Gratitude” by Oliver Sacks is a collection of four essays capturing the medical and human drama of illness during the last few months of the author’s life.  “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain”  by Giles Milton is the first installment of his new “History’s Unknown Chapters” series.  “The Right Kind of Crazy” by Adam Steltzner with William Patrick is a true story of teamwork, leadership and innovation involved in landing the Curiosity rover on Mars.  “Bone Deep Broth” offers 50 nourishing recipes to make using bone broth.

Large print
“Find Her” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery about a kidnapping.  “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Death of a Nurse” by M.C. Beaton is a Sgt. Hamish Macbeth mystery.  “Traveling Alone” by Samuel Bjork is a thriller set in Norway.  “She’s Not Here” by Joy Fielding follows a mother after her daughter disappears.

Other novels
The Moon in the Palace” by Weina Dai Randel is the first of a two-novel series about a concubine who uses her intelligence to impress the Emperor.  “A Gathering of Shadows” by V.E. Schwab is a historical fantasy.  “The Girl in the Red Coat” by Kate Hamer follows a mother and her eight-year-old daughter after the latter disappears.  “The Friends We Keep” by Susan Mallery focuses on the lives of three women.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Bob Clinkenbeard and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Multitudes of people tried to get in the way of my dream.  If you can’t go around a rock, go over or under it.”  — Inventor, entrepreneur and HSN star Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop and hundreds of other products, subject of the movie “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence.

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