Thursday, January 04, 2007
What a great 2006!
Total items circulated: 159,768 193,612
Total visitors, all sites: 102,637 124,227
This ignores our public access computer activity, our big programming numbers, and a host of other new areas into which we ventured in 2006, but the sheer differences in one year are just amazing. Look for our Annual Report soon – it will be a humdinger!
As for our normal December activities, well, our Friends of CCLS book sale at White’s Park on the 2nd involved the Friends’ Board, members of the Teen Advisory Board, several staff members, and the valiant County Trustees, who hauled everything for us. Our book sale buyers descended like flies, but they also stuck around to look at the other vendor booths at the bazaar. It’s a win-win situation for all concerned. The proceeds from this sale and one held earlier allowed us to buy some much-needed shelving for Winnie and Mont Belvieu.
Children’s programs in December mean Christmas, and along with singing, stories, and crafts, the jolly old elf showed up a couple of times as well. Our programs are geared for the elementary school-aged crowd, while our weekly story hours focus on pre-schoolers. We had great numbers for all events, of course, and even greater photos of the children having a grand old time. Kudos to all of our children’s programming people, new and old, for these successes through the year.
The staff of the three branches got together for a “technology” workshop on the morning of the 14th, prior to the County employee holiday dinner and service awards event. Keeping all staff members up to snuff in the fast-changing areas of technology is always a challenge, and the chance to have everyone together means the public will get consistent service when they come in with their problems. We reviewed CD burning, scanner use, digital cameras, and the electronic books we added to our database.
We’re looking forward to a great 2007.