Michael Carlson, Gilpin County. August was surprisingly busy considering the end of summer and the start of the school year. Normally libraries see a sharp decrease in daily usage towards the end of summer as patrons take the last of their family vacations and prepare for their kids to go back to school. Our circulation for the month reached another all-time recorded high of approximately 2,938 items checked out, which was a 31.7% increase over this time last year. There were 1,461 patron visits, which was an 18.6% increase over last August. More and more patrons are using the website to stay informed of upcoming events as well as to search and reserve materials through the online catalog. Since we started tracking statistics at the beginning of the year, August was the busiest month with over 2,904 online visitors.
Strategic Plan Progress
We have expanded the depth and breadth of collection by exploring new formats and methods to deliver information, such as the introduction of handheld learning tablets in the children’s area, which has been very successful. The six devices have been checked out 71 times since they were introduced back in March. The Library will be introducing Playaway Views later in the month. It is an all-in-one video player loaded with popular children’s books and learning videos in a simple, portable and durable format.
We now serve as one of Gilpin County’s primary points of access to information through the innovative use of technology.
The Library Board approved participating in the County’s technology replacement plan. This will ensure that patrons will have access to up to date computers while lowering upgrade costs for both the Library and County.
We are expanding teen instruction and programming to engage Gilpin County’s young adult population. The Library, in partnership with the CSU Extension office, has expanded our STEM based robotics program to every Thursday. Increased participation in the Thursday program will require seeking grant funding to keep up with the growing demand.
The Library held 13 programs for the month of August with an attendance of 330 people. Our Wednesday story time between 10-11 a.m. continues to be well attended with close to 20 attendees at each session. The Kids Tech Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. every Thursday is averaging around 6 pre-teens every program. The Library sponsored book club will be joining with 2 other local book clubs on October 7th at the Library from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a potluck and discussion over the title “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. The Library is also looking to form an evening book club starting in November. The most likely time will be a predetermine Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Patrons can continue to check the website www.gilpinlibrary.org as more information becomes available.
Statistics for August 2017: We circulated 2,938 items during the month. Books accounted for 58% of the circulation along with DVDs 31%, eContent 8%, and CD Books 3%. eBook and eAudio circulation for the month was 237. Our estimated attendance for August was 1,461 for the 23 days the Library was open, an average of 63 patrons per day. There were 2,904 patron visits to our website. There were 31 new Library cards issued. The meeting room was used 6 times. There were 19 requests for notary service.