Acting as the Board of Trustees, the City Council received an annual report Thursday from library staff recapping the accomplishments of the city library during fiscal year 2011-12 and outlining goals for 2012-13.
Here are some highlights from the staff report:
Usage, FY 2011-12
- 503,704 visits by patrons; 9 percent decrease from last fiscal year.
- Checked out and renewed 626,081 books, movies and CDs; 7 percent decrease from last fiscal year.
- Answered more than 98,656 reference questions; 1 percent increase from last fiscal year.
- 145,346 visits to library website; 27 percent increase from last fiscal year.
- Accepted and processed more than 3,077 passport applications, generating $106,532 in revenues; 23 percent increase from last fiscal year.
- Generated a total of $380,317 in revenues; 28 percent decrease from last fiscal year.
- Patrons used library public computers 65,959 times; 19 percent decrease from last fiscal year.
- Offered 309 programs for children with an attendance of 7,894.
- Offered 60 programs for adults with an attendance of 1,927.
Programming, Services & Collaborations, FY 2011-12
- Offered first Teen Summer Reading Club.
- Worked closely with the for fundraising efforts.
- Partnered with and local volunteers to offer a display of items related to 9/11 and the opening of the .
- Partnered with and local volunteers to offer displays recognizing local veterans.
- Worked with the Friends of the Library to continue the home delivery of library materials to seniors.
Facility Improvements, FY 2011-12
- Opened the new Teen Zone.
- Opened new, larger local history room.
- Held groundbreaking for .
- Worked with Public Works on installation of .
Goals, FY 2012-13
- Complete renovation of children’s library and library lobby.
- If approved by the council, work with Recreation and Parks to develop a plan for using existing resources to support the new library at the .
Library staff noted that the decrease in visits, usage, revenue and checked out/renewed items may be due in part to . For the complete list of the accomplishments noted in the report, click here.