Starting the new year by the numbers
By PATTY RICE GROTH
The board of Galion Public Library kicked off the new year with great numbers — more than 13,000 items were checked out, 520 new items were added to the collection, and 42 new patrons were signed up. That brings the total number of library patrons to more than 25,000! In the last year, 4,4411 patrons have used their library cards to check something out of the collection.
Ninety-seven different patrons took advantage of the quick-net access stations, and 638 patrons signed up to use one of the Internet station. The community room on the lower level saw 40 events which drew people to the library.
More than 10,000 people came through the library’s doors in the month of December, 2011.
Outside the building, library staff served about 250 children during two days of visits to Galion Primary School classrooms. More than 210 preschool children were read to in their classrooms. Forty children participated in story time in the community room.
Teens from the community continue to take advantage of library programs, with almost 20 participating in two teen chess club meetings, and 16 attending Anime Club.
December people statistics included about 200 people who came to see the 22 gingerbread houses on display during the holiday open house. Seventeen people attended the E-book project meeting in early December.
The 2011 Angel Wish tree brought in donations of requested specific “gifts” in the form of clip boards, packaging tape, desk tape, staples, reinforcement labels, disinfectant wipes, black and red sharpies, highlighters, binder indexes, manila file folders, sticky notes, paper clips, AA batteries, thumb tacks and push pins, and facial tissue — even two wrenches the maintenance man asked Santa for — to name just a few items. More than $200 in cash was given to be used for basic needs such as postage stamps, and children’s books and music. Many donors simply designated their gifts as being “for anything needed.” Such donations allow the library to cover daily expenses as well as the “extras” which contribute to the quality of life for patrons and staff. Eckenrod expressed her appreciation for the generosity shown by the community.
Generous donations were received honoring the memory of Ruth Flower, Rosemary Drexel, Jack Tucker, Edna Music, Harriett Epperson and Delores Reed. Such gifts are greatly appreciated.
After all the work done recently on the front steps to the building, the ice melt product provided as being the same product used previously purchased stained concrete. A call to the supplier discovered similar complaints had been received from other customers. Treating the stains is now on the list of spring projects to be done.
Polaris, the company which provides the software to manage and track circulation of the library collection, has announced there will be a new version released in 2012. The library’s computer server is now seven years old, and not able to accommodate the changes and upgrades to the software. Eckenrod recommended a new server be purchased in advance of the release and installation of the new software release. She also recommended the library be closed for part of a day to allow for the technical work to be done on this project, saying if it were closed during the day, the library likely would be able to open in the evening that same day.
January numbers are also expected to be high with story time restarting after a holiday break. Winter themes for story time include snowmen, artic animals, Valentine’s Day and popcorn. Two story times are offered each week, one for preschoolers on Wednesday mornings at 10:30, and another for families — including school-age children — at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
School-age children have been invited to enjoy a program on superhero science, as well as attend a “Fancy Nancy” Valentine party on Feb. 4, and a chocolate party on Feb. 18. Yes, the chocolate party is for children! Sorry, grown-ups.
Teens are invited to a game night on Feb. 27, Chess Club will meet on the 2nd and 16th, and Anime Club will meet on the 6th.
Adults interested in a “hands-on” Windows 7 scheduled for Jan. 30 should call the library at 419–468-3203 to see if seats are still available. Sign-up is also available for a Feb. 4 class on “the basics of buying and selling on E-Bay” that is sure to be popular.
On Feb. 20, Kenneth Hammontree will visit the library in the persona of President George Washington. Anyone who has not had an opportunity to hear one of Hammontree’s historical presentations will want to mark their calendar for 6:30 p.m. that day.
Sign-ups for the 2nd Annual Wii Bowling Tournament has begun, with divisions for singles and doubles. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25.