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Some fun stats about your library

PREVIEW Columnist and library staff

Annually at this time of year, Jackie Welch, library director, prepares a report for the library’s Board of Trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year. Here are some of those statistics from 2013:

• Added 5,050 new items to our collection — including 911 donations.

• Checked out 94,283 items, a 2.6 percent increase from 2012. More than 83,000 people walked through our doors, up 1 percent from 2012.

• Provided computers for use by about 20,000 people, not including those who used their own laptops in the library and took advantage of our wireless service after hours.

• Acquired a total of 11 e-readers to ensure there is always one available for checkout: four with adult fiction content, four with adult nonfiction content and three with youth content.

• Increased programming for all ages by 62 percent, dramatically higher than our 10 percent goal, with a 35-percent increase in attendance.

• Increased downloadable content to 23 percent of our total holdings. Our goal is 25 percent by 2015.

• Received $8,446 in grants and $24,878 in donations, which is 5.8 percent of our revenue.

• Benefited from our dedicated volunteers, who contributed more than 1,000 hours, almost one-half of a full-time position.

• Continued taking advantage of resource-sharing opportunities. For example, AspenCat, administered by the Colorado Library Consortium, gives our patrons access not only to the 29,000 items in our collection, but also to 749,966 items belonging to the other 47 member libraries. In 2013, we loaned 1,539 items and borrowed 5,132, delivered via daily courier service.

• Subscribed to multiple educational, reference and entertainment electronic databases. During 2013, our patrons downloaded 4,500 items and logged 1,201 sessions on our other electronic databases — an almost 300 percent increase in usage.

• Provided continuing education opportunities to our staff to ensure we are up to date on technological advances and providing the best possible service and programming to our community.

Foreign films needed

We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited. If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with African-American actresses and actors. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly flier of activities for adults at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.

Kids gaming 

Kids in the first through sixth grades are invited to enjoy free Wii, Xbox, board games and cards tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 28) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m., we host free Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games). Snacks provided.

DVDs

“We Bought a Zoo” is a family movie based on a true story. “Monsters University,” “Turbo” and “Madagascar” are animated movies. “Ender’s Game” is a fantasy adventure. “How I Live Now” is an apocalyptic story set in near-future U.K. We also have two new Robert Redford films, one an adventure called “All is Lost” and the other a documentary called “Forever Wild” that celebrates America’s wilderness.

CDs

“The Pagan Lord” by Bernard Cornwell is the latest in the epic Saxon Tale saga. “Flyover Lives” by novelist Diane Johnson is a memoir that looks at her life through the stories of her early American ancestors. “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow takes a trip into the mind of a man who has been the inadvertent agent of disaster. “The Death Trade” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the Sean Dillon thriller series.

Large print

“Heirs of the Body” by Carola Dunn is the latest in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen tells of the writer, his wife and his mistress. “Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule is a murder mystery set in Washington State. “The Brass Man” is a western by Max Brand. “Big Sky Secrets” is a romance by Linda Lael Miller. “Saints of the Shadow Bible” by Ian Rankin is the latest in the Rebus mystery series. “Tatiana” by Martin Cruz Smith is the latest in the Arkady Renko mystery series.

How-to and self-help

“The Tell” by psychologist Matthew Hertenstein shows you how to train yourself to read physical clues to significantly increase your predictive skills. “Strength for the Sandwich Generation” by Kristine Bertini offers advice to help you thrive while simultaneously caring for your kids and aging parents. “My Age of Anxiety” by Scott Stossel tells of the author’s struggles with anxiety and the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers and writers to understand the condition.

Memoirs

“A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” by Marie Brennan is the story of the woman who brought dragons into the clear light of modern science. “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat” by former Florida Governor Charlie Grist shares his frank opinions about top-tier Republicans and why he had to leave the GOP.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Sue Ellen Haning, Pam Kircher, Jonathan Stein, Sara Wilson and, of course, our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” — Italian actress Sophia Loren.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on February 27, 2014.