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.  The 2014 numbers underscore the robust health of your library and feature consistent jumps in usage, especially programming and attendance.  Here are some of the yearend statistics:
·    Added 4,220 new items to our collection – including 787 donations.
·    Checked out 93,214 books, plus 3,800 e-books, a 1.4 percent increase over 2013.  More than 88,183 people walked through our doors, up 6.1 percent from 2013.
·    Provided computers for use by 19,347 people, not including those who used their own laptops in the library and took advantage of our 24-hour wireless service.
·    Increased programming for all ages — 200 adult events, up 32.5 percent; 83 young adult programs, up 56.6 percent; and 211 children’s programs, up 14.1 percent.  Attendance also jumped – 1,359 adults, up 26.4 percent; 536 young adults, up 37.4 per cent and 3,822 children, up 2.8 percent.
·    Received $14,576 in donations and $8,489 in grants, which is 4.4 percent of our revenue.
·    Benefited from our dedicated volunteers, who contributed 1,010 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 one million items belonging to the other 72 member libraries.  In 2014, we loaned 2,205 items, up 43 percent, and borrowed 6,542 items, up 27.5 percent, delivered via daily courier service.
·    Subscribed to multiple educational, reference and entertainment electronic databases.  During 2014, our patrons downloaded 5,161 items and logged 2,639 sessions on our other electronic databases – a 59 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.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Stress coping techniques
Join us today (Thursday, March 12) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for a free Stress Less session, presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center. You will learn techniques for lasting stress relief.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Kristine for an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesday March 18 and 25 from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  This program is recommended for children from six months to three years of age.  Note that the program on March 14 is a playtime only.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (March 13) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time.  Each week features a different activity.  Tomorrow is a film about a young girl from south LA who attempts to make it to the National Spelling Bee.  This program is for all ages.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Please note no Tech Time on March 17 or 19.  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Excel Intermediate from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 12) where you’ll learn how to manage multiple workbooks, freeze panes, sort data and more.

“The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three” by Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, explores the Trinity at the heart of Christianity.

“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab is a fantasy set in multiple Londons.  “Hush Hush” by Laura Lippman is the newest in the PI Tess Monaghan series, this one involving a manipulative mother.  “The Marco Effect” by Jussi Adler-Olsen is the latest the Department Q mystery series.

Story CDs
“Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells suspense novel.  “Half the World” by Joe Abercrombie is book two in the Shattered Sea fantasy series.  “Double  Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series set in Edinburgh.

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 bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the complete book three collection.  “Cellular” is a thriller starring Kim Basinger.  “Snatch” explores London’s gangster underbelly.  “Luther” stars Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther.  “Trouble with the Curver” stars Clint Eastwood as a top baseball scout.  “The Bandits” is an action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton and Cate Blanchett.  “Body of Lies” is a CIA terrorist story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.  “Extraordinary Measures” stars Harrison Ford and is inspired by a true story.  “Rendition” is a thriller starring Reese Witherspoon.  “Dune” is Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction epic.  “Jumper” is a two-disc special edition of this thriller.  “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie” is a documentary.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Diane Bower, Randal Davis, Sandra Draper, Warren Grams, Mary Wilcox and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Books are personal, passionate.  They stir emotions and spark thoughts in a manner all their own, and I’m convinced that the shattered world has less hope for repair if reading becomes an even smaller part of it.” – Frank Bruni, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and op-ed writer for The New York Times.

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