Colebrook Public Library Report
The Library had 11,648 visitors over the past year. 86 new cards were issued. 20,407 materials were circulated including magazines, books on tape, puzzles, DVDs, eBooks and books. The New Hampshire Downloadable Books offered by the library had over 942 downloads onto various devices (e-readers, CDs, MP3 players, etc.).
We borrowed 492 materials and loaned 887 to other libraries in the state. There were 100 children’s programs with an attendance of 2109 and 5 Tween programs with 35 young people participating. The library meeting room was used 85 times. 2884 people used our computers, 863 were wireless users.
The library hosts the Recreation Department for their Movie Matinee and Adult Book Group monthly, and movie matinees for kids every Thursday. The Recreation Department also does vacation camps, drama and various programs over the year using the library facilities.
April was the beginning of our transformation into the digital cloud world. Through the NH State Library we entered into a contract with Bywater Solutions for support of our KOHA catalog system. The staff was trained over three days on cataloging, circulation and bar coding of our materials. The system has been up since July but with small glitches and materials not bar coded, we put off our go live date until Jan. 1, 2014. We still are processing older books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and we appreciate your patience.
Our on line catalog contains all our materials and can be seen at: colebrook.nhais.bywatersolutions.com. You can browse the catalog without signing in or to get the full experience; use your fourteen digit bar coded library card and the password (changeme) in order to sign in. Once into the site, you will see it is set up much like Amazon.com. You can create reading lists, keep track of all the books you’ve borrowed, make a suggestion for a book to purchase and place a hold on a book. We can notify you of overdue books, books coming due and books you’ve checked in or out. If you have any questions please contact the library and a staff member will gladly help you.
The summer reading theme was “Dig into Reading”. 48 children signed up for the reading challenge, reading 2361 books. Great job. Judy, once again did an excellent job of engaging pre-school through fifth grade. The groups were archeologists for the summer; digging up pirate treasure, bones, and even a mummy. Entertainers included a real archeologist, (who squeezed us in before his next dig), Michael Bent, Squam Lakes Science Center, and the Town Highway “diggers”. This year’s theme “Fizz, Boom, Read”. You do not have to be a member of the library to attend programs. We also offered Bedtime Math, a program through the internet to keep kids sharp in their math skills over the summer, 45 children participated and won various math themed prizes.
“Colebrook Reads”, once again cosponsored our winter reading challenge. “Scurry Up and READ” had 120 participants, which included preschool through grade 4. We had 2700 hamster tubes in the Children’s Room and out into the hall. Children that came to the library were given extra incentives with a chance to win animal prizes.
The library appreciates donations of DVDs, Books on CD, magazines and books which continue to enlarge our collection. Although we try to please everyone, we can’t possibly buy every book, magazine, DVD or Book on CD that comes out. Thank-you for thinking of us when you make a purchase.
I’d like to thank my trustees: Lisa Kenny, Neil Brown, Mary Ellen Fuller, Diane Holman, Lori Morann (who is retiring after 13 years) and alternate Leigh Ann Connell, my staff: Judy Santangelo, Dawn Hall, and Kathy Frizzell and my volunteers: Sandra Ferrini, Donna Forbes, Clare Allaire and Misty Smith. This wouldn’t be a great library without you.