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November 26, 2018

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  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

            655      magazines

            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!

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.