Galion Library's circulation remains "steady"
By Matt Echelberry
Galion Public Library Director Vicki Eckenrod provided the Board of Trustees with a news article during the Board’s Feb. 18 meeting. The article was about a library being built in Texas that will have no books—everything will be digital. Eckenrod said she found the story interesting and shows the direction that libraries are heading.
In the director’s report, Eckenrod went over the January circulation statistics. She said 14,475 items were checked out, including more than 500 e-books, a big increase; 606 items were added to the catalog. The most requested items last year were “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Total patron count for January was 10,817, which Eckenrod said is “steady.” She also showed a graph showing that GPL had the best circulation in the county, compared to the other libraries. She also reported that the catalog is being accessed more from home via phones and tablets than in-house.
Food For Fines is doing well; it continues through February. Children and teen programs continue to do well also, and Heather Tiffany, the new children’s librarian, has transitioned into her position well. “I think Heather loves it here. She seems really pleased with the library,” Eckenrod commented.
In other news, Eckenrod reported that the boiler coil has come in and will be fixed soon. The building’s security system is still having problems and the company is not sure what is wrong. The whole system may need to be rewired and she asked the Board what they would like her to do. The trustees agreed that there would be no cost to the library if Eckenrod checked into it to see what rewiring would entail and the costs would be.
The recent ventilation cleaning at the library was discussed during last month’s meeting. Concern was raised that material was still coming out of the vents. At the February meeting, Eckenrod told the Board that she talked to the cleaning company. She reported that it was only residue from the sealant coming out of the vents, which is apparently a problem with all old systems because the sealant was applied on the inside of the vents instead of the outside.
Program Coordinator Valerie Waite is still working but will leave GPL soon. Eckenrod said the last day for applications was Feb. 16. Nine applications were received and she will be interviewing soon.
In new business, Eckenrod reported that she was recently approached by Waycraft Employment Services about using the library as a work site for one of its employees, who would perform tasks like wiping down shelves. The trustees agreed that this would be a great benefit.
Also, the trustees passed a motion to approve two purchases: A laptop for Tiffany to use at her desk and for school visits as needed, and a desktop computer to replace one that crashed.
The Galion Public Library Board of Trustees’ next meeting is to be announced, as it may need to be rescheduled due to conflicts.