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2003 ANNUAL REPORT

BOOK CART DRILL TEAM

Circle to the right. Turn in. Spin. Turn out. Spin. The library drill team made its debut during the Balloon Rally Parade. The crowd laughed, yelled and applauded. Everyone had fun.

CHILDREN

Programs included:

bullet19 school tours for 443 people
bullet91 preschool story times for 1,386 people
bulletSix-week summer reading with 23 sessions for 945 kids
bullet6 craft sessions for 391 kids
bullet5 summer story times for 63 people

During Book Lovers’ Month in February, children won 170 prizes.

The Friends sponsored the Annual Tree Trim Party.

COMPUTER CLASSES

The David A. Howe Public Library offered four computer classes: Basic Computer and Windows Training, Getting Started with Email, Searching the Internet and the World Wide Web. We had 41 classes and 198 adults attended.

COMPUTER USE

7,797 people used the computer workstations to access online databases and the Internet. That is an 8% increase from last year.

BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Faith Sikaras gave $10,000 in memory of her husband, Jim, toward landscaping the front lawn. Twin Tier Landscaping added new flowers, shrubs and trees. A portion of the memorial purchased a custom- made extension to the circulation desk in the children’s section.

Habiterra, the architects who designed the new school addition, surveyed the library structure. They recommended repairs to the terrace, cupola and brick walls. Currently, the auditorium is closed to the public due to leaks. The library is seeking funding to restore the terrace and repair the auditorium.

CIRCULATION

The library loaned 127,417 items. This included:

bullet39,810 adult books (31%)
bullet38,544 videos/DVDs (30%)
bullet33,823 children’s books (27%)
bullet7,020 audio books (5%)
bullet3,992 music CDs (3%)
bullet2,671 periodicals (2%)
bullet1,557 other (2%)

COLLECTION

The library owns:

bullet27,032 adult fiction books
bullet39,573 adult nonfiction books
bullet19,081 children’s fiction books
bullet10,647 children’s nonfiction books
bullet2,890 audio items
bullet3,769 videos/DVDs
bullet2,251 other

GRAND TOTAL OF 105,243


FANTASY OF LIGHTS

Decorated Christmas trees lined the sidewalks during the holidays. The Lions Club provided funds for underground wiring and electrical boxes. The new wiring will serve other groups such as Music on the Lawn.

GIFTS

Tax dollars account for less than 25% of the library’s income. Gifts to the Friends, the general fund and memorials help the library have a balanced budget. The largest gifts came from the estates of Carl Alexander, Ella Shear and Sally Thornton.

MEETINGS

Various organizations held 506 meetings, which is a 13% increase.

PERSONNEL

Full Time:

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Mary Jacobs, Director

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Lois Bulger, Children’s Librarian

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Allison Midgley, Technology Coordinator

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Melody Fanton, Principal Clerk

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Darlene Sherwood, Senior Clerk.

Part Time:

Sarah Bentley, Liz Buchholz, Peter Dibiase, Rick Dodd, Ann Giddings, Ursula Gray, Sheila Kalkbrenner, Ann Kemp, Louann Pawlak, Floyd Reynolds and Justin Spicer

STAFF TRAINING

To provide better service to the public, the staff spent 64 hours in learning reference and computer related subjects.

To learn the new software for the automated circulation system, the staff spent 225 hours in training sessions.

TRUSTEES
bulletDonald Comstock, President
bulletGenevra Miller, Vice President
bulletTom Brown, Treasurer
bulletPenny Canfield, Secretary
bulletBeth Farwell,
bulletDiana Figenscher,
bulletRobert Heywood, Jim Knapp,
bulletConnie Synakowski
PUBLIC RELATIONS
bullet Monthly radio spots
bullet Monthly theme book displays
bullet Monthly tours for 55 people
bullet Monthly newspaper column in the Wellsville Daily Reporter
bullet Pennysaver ads
bullet Promotional giveaways
TECHNOLOGY

All of the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System changed the software that they use for the STARCAT online catalog and circulation. The migration to SIRSI Corporation’s Unicorn software was needed because the software we were using became obsolete. Preparation for the change began a full year ago, and after purchasing 6 new PC’s, the library made the switch on November 12, 2003.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided over $40,000 in upgrades for public access computers, including Windows 2000 for 4 PCs, licensing for Microsoft Encarta Reference Library and MapPoint 2002, and updated documentation.

The library’s website had 22,105 visits, more than double the number in 2002.

VOLUNTEERS

Ten volunteers donated 762 hours shelving books and videos, sorting periodicals, mending books and doing a variety of clerical work.

Volunteers:

bulletLouann Pawlak, Coordinator
bulletH. M. Bateman
bulletAnn Brocci
bulletLinda Cook
bulletLiz Heywood
bulletErland Kailbourne
bulletAnne Recio
bulletKathy Ueblacker
bulletAl Vossler
bulletJudy Winslow

 


READING PROGRAM

206 adults participated in the six-week summer program. The winners of $25 gift certificates to various downtown businesses were Catherine Anderson, Charlene White, Linda Orpet, Pat Decker, Cyndi Stanton and Nicole Spierling.

This page was last updated September 17, 2007.

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