Michael Carlson, Gilpin County. October was another busy month at the Library. Our circulation for the month reached an all-time recorded high for October of approximately 2,753 items checked out, which was a 37.9% increase over this time last year. There were 1,189 patron visits, which was a 13.8% increase over last October. The website continues to see increased usage as 3,220 people visited us online last month.
The Library presented its proposed budget for 2018 to the County Commissioners on October 18, 2017. The 2018 Library Budget of $369,538 is relatively flat compared to the 2017 Budget. The Library was able to offset many of the increases by seeking cost cutting measures in other areas. The two primary increases in the budget this year are a proposed 5% COLA for all county employees and $4,500 for programming. This is the first year that the Library budget will include a line item for programming. In the past, all programming has relied on donations from the Friends group. This year, with the help of cost cutting measures, the Library will fund essential programs such as the Summer Reading Program and Artist-in-Residence series. The Friends will be able to focus on funding special programs and projects that help enhance library services that normally wouldn’t be a part of the Library’s budget.
We spent a significant amount of time this month applying for a grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation. We have seen a big increase in the desire for more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming for older children and teens. Our partnership with the CSU Extension Office has been a great success so far. The joint robotics program is very well attended and we are seeking ways to expand upon the program. A STEM focused grant will allow us to enhance the robotics program while building a mobile STEM Lab in the Library’s meeting room.
The Library held 9 programs for the month of October with an attendance of 118 people. The Wednesday story time, as always, will be held between 10 – 11 a.m. every Wednesday and will have a special focus on holiday crafts this year. Every Thursday from 4:30 – 6 p.m. we are welcoming kids ages 8+ to attend our robotics program. Now that we have a regular group of children attending, we are looking to expand upon their experience by participating in regional STEM competitions.
The Wednesday Lunch Book Club will be reading “Murder at the Brown Palace” by Dick Kreck for its Noon meeting on December 6.
Statistics for October 2017: We circulated 2,753 items during the month. Books accounted for 55% of the circulation along with DVDs 30%, eContent 11%, and CD Books 4%. eBook, eAudio, and Database usage for the month was 307. Our estimated attendance for October was 1,189 for the 21 days the Library was open, an average of 57 patrons per day. There were 21 new Library cards issued. The meeting room was used 18 times. There were 20 requests for notary service.