What the stats say about your library

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed.  Here is a summary of that long report on 2017 operations.  You can pick up a shorter, full-color infographic version at your library for your own use.

  • Major objectives achieved:  One of our most visible and appreciated accomplishments this year was to install a book drop at the City Market as a convenience for our patrons.   It is emptied three times a week and is drawing rave reviews.  Another major success was our first-ever in-house book sale offering items that remained after the highly popular Friends of the Library book sale.  It raised $1,687.80 and drew many people who had never before visited the library.
  • Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,543 items in our collection but also more than 1.3 million items in the other 110 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2017 we borrowed 9,000 items, down 4.1 percent from 2016, and loaned 2,784 items, up 5.5 percent.  By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines.  In 2017 our patrons downloaded 4,263 items and logged 354 sessions on our electronic databases, a decrease 14.7 percent from 2016.
  • Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 29,543 total items in our collection.  In 2017 we added 3,703 items, including 446 from donations, and deleted 2,095 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2018 is $57,352 or 11 percent of our total expenses.
  • Usage stats:  86,898 patrons walked through our doors last year, a 4.7 percent decrease from 2016.   We checked out 98,763 items, a slight increase from 2016.  We have 11,897 library cards issued, 785 of them new in 2017.
  • Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is also a high priority.  From early literacy to adult education, 4,624 people attended one or more of our 528 programs.  566 children and adults attended one of our 46 outreach events.   Our programming budget for 2018 is one percent of our total expenses.
  • Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2017 we received $74,621 in donations and $8,752 in grants, 16 percent of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,087 hours, about one-half of a full-time position.
  • Technology:  This year we had 23,226 website visitors, 4,872 e-book and audio-book downloads, 324 Facebook likes and 245 Tech Time consults.  Public computer usage in the library decreased seven percent to 18,664 sessions, no doubt because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours but actually 24/7.
  • 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 last year.  In 2018 staff education is 1.1 percent of our total budget.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents’ Day.   

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.

 Anti-Valentine event tomorrow

Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to a free Anti-Valentine Lock-in on Friday, February 16 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll play games, eat pizza and enjoy an escape room challenge.  Participants must have a signed permission form and must be in the library by closing time at 5 p.m. to participate.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 16) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for first-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, February 17 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  January’s theme is fairytales.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 22 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (February 15) you will learn the basics of Excel by creating a basic budget spreadsheet and making Excel do all the math for you.  On February 22 you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Budget shopping for healthy eating

Professionals from San Juan Public Health will host a free workshop next Thursday, February 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. with tips on how to shop so you can stay healthy on a budget.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

How-to and self help

“The 7 Laws of Winning” by Dr. Constance d’Angelis is the first in a series of three workbooks based on the Mindfulness workshops, seminars and individual sessions.  “The Longevity Code” by Dr. Kris Verburgh explains the aging process and the tools we need to slow it down.  “A Guide Book of United States Coins” by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett is the 71st edition of the official Red Book.

Other nonfiction

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff  is the bestseller making headlines.  “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations” by John Avlon is a portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.  “The Making of a Dream” by Laura Wides-Munoz explores The Dreamers and how these young undocumented immigrants helped changed what it means to be an American.


“Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke is the latest in this mystery series.  “Unbound” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Wanted” by Robert Crais is an Elvis Cole-Joe Pike suspense story.


“The Rockford Files” is season two.  “Law School for Everyone” is a Great Courses production with 48 30-minute lectures.  “The Addictive Brain” is a Great Courses production with 12 30-minute lectures.  “Blade Runner 2049” stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and is nominated for five Academy Awards this year.

Thrillers and suspense

“Hell Bent” by Gregg Hurwitz follows one of the men raised in an off-the-books government assassin Orphan Program.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free 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.

Thanks for our donors        

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  For her generous donation, we are grateful to Muriel Eason.

Quotable Quote

“If you’re constantly chasing success, you’re not really living in the moment.  Go places.  Do things.  The journey is what’s fun.” – Octavia Spencer, actress, author and best supporting actress Oscar winner in 2012 for playing a strong-willed maid in “The Help.”

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