Michael Carlson, Gilpin County. September was another busy month at the Library. Our circulation for the month reached an all-time recorded high for September of approximately 2,662 items checked out, which was a 33.5% increase over this time last year. There were 1,304 patron visits, which was a 28.2% increase over last September. The website continues to see increased usage as 3,120 people visited us online last month.
The Library has introduced a new website. Besides an updated look, the website now has a calendar of all our events along with new resources for patrons to explore. The Library has partnered with the state to offer over 20 online research databases that patrons can access from their home. Everything from homework help to genealogy is now available to our patrons from the comfort of their own home. Some of the most popular databases are:
* MyHERITAGE: MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.
* AUTO REPAIR REFERENCE CENTER: (ARRC) is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information and contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.
* SMALL ENGINE REPAIR: Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.
* LEGAL INFORMATION REFERENCE CENTER: Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.
The Library held 8 programs for the month of September with an attendance of 110 people. Our Wednesday story time between 10-11 a.m. continues to be well attended with close to 20 attendees at each session. Attendance at our Kids Tech Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. is outpacing the number of robotic kits and tablets we need for the program. We are currently looking for grants to help defray the costs of expanding the program. Right now, kids are doubling up on projects and staff are bringing in their personal tablets to supplement the four we currently have. The Library is also kicking off a new evening book club that will have its first meeting on Tuesday, November 14th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The book “The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig is available for checkout at the front desk. Patrons can explore our new website and check for upcoming events at www.gilpinlibrary.org.
Statistics for September 2017: We circulated 2,662 items during the month. Books accounted for 57% of the circulation along with DVDs 30%, eContent 9%, and CD Books 4%. eBook and eAudio circulation for the month was 227. Our estimated attendance for September was 1,304 for the 22 days the Library was open, an average of 59 patrons per day. There were 3,120 patron visits to our website. There were 16 new Library cards issued. The meeting room was used 17 times. There were 8 requests for notary service.