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From the Natrona County Public Library
Your Library’s Year-End Results
By Kate Mutch, Public Services Librarian
July 28, 2010
At some point in the year, most businesspeople become bean counters, carefully tallying up year-end results to report to shareholders. For your library, that happens in July when our fiscal year ends.
This year’s results show more people visiting the library and using its resources than ever before (395,000 visits, over 26,000 more than last year).
More importantly, NCPL is here to connect people with learning opportunities. Here are some of the ways we have done that in the past year.
Did you know that reading aloud to children is considered the single most important activity to help them achieve eventual success in reading? That’s what the 1985 Commission on Reading stated, and 25 years later it still holds true.
Your library helps put children on the path to educational achievement through weekly story times for infants through preschool age. Since July 2009 we presented 207 story times with over 5,700 parents and children in attendance.
Librarians help spread the joy of reading outside the library as well. Children’s librarians were in classrooms more than 400 times providing book talks, story telling, and other literacy programs. During the summer librarians visit the Boys & Girls clubs and YMCA, encouraging children and teens to read and use their library in the summer as well as for school.
Learning opportunities are not limited to kids, however! Adults also use the library to explore a variety of topics.
Over 630 adults learned about computers last year through NCPL classes. Topics ranged from using a mouse to learning Microsoft® Word, PowerPoint and Excel. New classes this year gave overviews of digital photography and online job search skills.
Computers have become the only way many employers will accept applications. Many of this year’s 62,104 internet sessions were used by people applying for jobs. Recently a patron shared this success: he found a well-paying job after sending out more than 100 resumes over the past four months using library computers.
The library is a great place to start a search on any topic because, simply put, librarians know stuff! Your reference librarians answered more than 25,000 questions last year.
Questions like: What is the current price of vanadium pentoxide? (about $6.25/pound). How many hours difference between here and Frankfurt, Germany? (Frankfurt is 8 hours ahead). Do you have any books that will help me fix my 1988 Chevy truck? (Yes). Can you help me prove I lived in Casper in 1951 to claim Wyoming Windfall money? (Yes, let’s look in the 1951 Polk Directory).
But most often, libraries connect people with books – lots and lots of books. In the past 12 months Natrona County citizens checked out 390,000 of them! When all the bean counting was done, the books, audios, movies and music used by our patrons added up to over 683,000 items checked out in the past 12 months.
If you’d like to find out more about what your library has accomplished this year, visit the ”About Your Library” page at www.natronacountylibrary.org and click on “Annual Report.”
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