November 26, 2018
Check it Out!
November 26, 2018
Well I can’t believe I’m saying this but the holidays are here! Turkey day is in the books and now were off and running on Christmas! Be sure to mark your calendars the annual Cup of Christmas Tea will Friday, December 21st from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Also, the first day of winter! I guess someone forgot to tell the weather since we’ve already started the snow and cold temperatures. Brrr! Good time to settle down with some Christmas books or movies to help put you in the holiday spirit.
It’s also the time of year where we reflect on what’s happened this past year. For us we like to look at numbers to tell our story. Once a year we put together a year-end report to show our city council how their money is being spent. Here’s some interesting facts we thought you might like to see.
Currently the Ackley Public Library has 90,757 volumes available for checkout:
23,023 Print Books
46,074 BRIDGES e-books available
19,446 BRIDGES audio books
305 audio books on CD
1,697 DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS movies
50 BRIDGES movies
162 miscellaneous items like puzzles and cake pans
60 newspaper and magazine subscriptions (We had to give up the DM Registar)
45 databases i.e. LearningExpress, GALE (i.e. Chilton), Transparent Language, CREDO
Just added in October to our BRIDGES by the State Library is a collection of 172 magazines to read online. They're always available and don't count against your checkout limit.
Circulation for FY18 was:
5,876 adult checkouts
667 young adult/junior checkouts
3929 children’s checkouts
519 books and audiobooks on BRIDGES
(not able to separate out by age) Almost double FY17!
2,591 DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS movie checkouts
111 audiobooks on CD
820 In library usages i.e. newspapers (DM, Waterloo, Hampton, Ia Falls, Ackley)
16 miscellaneous checkouts like cake pans and puzzles
141 books loaned on SILO
$ Fantastic Value$
Our 1,556 patrons had 16,368 circulations at a calculated value of $291,365.45*
or a value returned of $4.18 for each $1 invested in our local library
Our top reader checked out 680 items for a value of $6,124*
*Using the Massachusetts Library Association Library Value Calculator
Use figured as 1/3 books @ $17 and 2/3 magazines @ $5
Numbers do tell the story don’t you think?
From everyone at the Ackley Public Library we wish you and your family Happy Holidays!