Library Report to the Town for 2015
We were sorry to lose our longest serving employee, Doris Goerner on April 26. She worked at the library in a variety of capacities from 1974 until March. She is greatly missed by our community. A photograph of her stands as a reminder of her time with us - it is located by the front door of the library.
The Trustees, staff, volunteers, and Friends have worked together as a team to insure another wonderful year at the library - we are proud of all that was achieved in 2015.
New Library Catalog
In September we migrated to a new library system (Apollo) which will better serve our patrons. Residents can now view our catalog from home, see what they have checked out, renew items and reserve items for the future. Automatic emails are sent when patrons check items out and reminders help them remember when they are due back.
Programming continued to be an essential part of our library mission - bringing residents together to learn something new, share knowledge and discuss books. Our popular Library Lecture series continued throughout the year - ten lectures covered the topics of Coyotes, the Mystery on the Isles of Shoals, Growing Your Own Vegetables, GMOs, Hiking the Appalachian Mountain Trail, and Eleanor Roosevelt as just a few examples. Our two Book Club met monthly to enrich their reading lives together - discussing current fiction, classics, memoirs, and memorable nonfiction. Thank you to Lee Woodworth for coordinating the Monday Night group. Activities for children included two or three story times each week, a new "Read the Book, See the Movie" after school program, our popular Lego Club with a first annual contest held in January, and our monthly Family Movie Night series.
Our Community Gardens received a complete overhaul this spring - new raised beds were built and supplied with compost. All spaces were utilized by residents who grew flowers, vegetables and fruit.
Thank you to Win Fream for his continued leadership on this front.
Our Trustees held their annual fundraising Pancake Breakfast in March. Donations to this event were used to rebuild the raised beds in our community gardens. Residents enjoyed gathering together after such a tough winter. We once again honored the newest residents of our community during our Books for Babies event, held in April. Seven new babies were honored with a book dedicated to them and added to our collection. Library staff provided a booth at the Memorial Day Celebration as well as crafts for the annual Fall Festival and Town Holiday celebration.
We continued to make improvements to our building. A closet was repurposed to create a small kitchenette for use by staff and patrons. Both coffee and tea are now available for patrons and those hosting meetings or events at the library. In an effort to save on electric costs, we received a grant to change all our lighting over to more energy efficient bulbs.
Our theme this year was "Every Hero Has a Story". For the first time, we held our kickoff event at NES during regular assembly period on a Friday morning in June. Teachers and students alike enjoyed Steve Blunt Our own Fire Department heroes came to share a book with the children, give tours of the fire engine and let them try out the hoses. It was a wonderful activity on a hot day! Next our Police Officer heroes came to read, talk about their job, and share a special K-9 rescue dog with us. Teens and adults were excited to be included in our prize system this year. Our total attendance this summer was 470.
Grants and Support
We received grants from the Boston Museum of Science to sponsor a Summer Reading Program, the Herbert A. Grant and Iva B. Grant Charitable Trust to fund new children's books, the New Hampshire Humanities Council to sponsor two of our evening Library Lecture programs, the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books and the Arts grant to sponsor a Summer Reading program. A grant from the PSNH Small Business Energy Efficiency Solutions Program helped us retrofit the library with energy efficient lighting. The Governor's Lilac and Wildlife Commission kindly donated 15 lilac bushes that were planted in our back yard. Generous support from the Space Station was greatly appreciated!
To our Library Trustees: Kim Crisp, Chairperson; Win Fream, Treasurer; and Chris Fernandes, Secretary for their leadership. We are grateful for our Friends of the Library Board Members: Lauren Saltman, Chairperson; Lisa Fernandes, Taylor Cohen, Beth Lieberman, Kristin Droste, and Jill Backman for all their efforts to enhance communication and raise funds on behalf of the library. The library could not function without our Circulation Staff, Jessica Hanson and Children's Librarian, Maria Corey. Thank you to all the residents who have donated books and other materials to us throughout the year.
Library Statistics for 2015
Total number of materials: 11,724
Books/audios/magazines downloaded through Overdrive: 817
Items circulated: 8,469
Total circulation of materials: 9,286
Total Number of library visits: 6,038
Total Attendance for all events: 1,745
Pamela Burch, Library Director