Library Director’s Report April 2021
I want to thank everyone for their warm welcome and support as I have transitioned into the role of Interim Director. Grace and Pat have been especially instrumental in assisting me with various duties and helping me meet the expectations of the position so far.
We officially increased the library public hours in the middle of March for in-person service, no appointments being necessary. We had a total of 45 patrons who walked in to check out materials during those last two weeks in March. As a result of being open to the public, curbside pick-up has not been requested.
The ILL requests have remained steady. We successfully lent out 34 items to other libraries in the state, and we borrowed 23 items for our patrons in the month of March.
The NH Library Director’s Monthly Call took place on April 1. With the COVID relief bill, close to $200 million have been appropriated to public libraries in the US. NH libraries will be eligible for about $2 million. A 2-part workshop “Design Thinking” is being offered at the end of April to train NH librarians to successfully apply for the Library ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) subgrants. These funds cannot be used for construction.
We are in the process of cleaning out the Meeting Room so it can be more multi-functional. In the future, it will serve as the Children’s Room and as a meeting area. We hope to complete the project by the beginning of May. Many discussions have taken place about future programming. First on the list is a weekly Coffee Hour on Tuesday mornings. This will give residents an opportunity to meet and greet each other. Also, they will be welcome to check out what’s happening inside the library. The Children’s Reading Program will be part of the summer agenda, but we are still working on the details. The Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual Book Sale outside on Memorial Day week-end. The Book Club will continue to meet monthly through the summertime.
We purchased new books for our Book Club kits since the other two titles were out of date and hadn’t been circulated for years. We chose Inheritance by Dani Shapiro and Exhalations by Ted Chiang as the replacements.
We are planning to purchase museum passes for our patrons in order to give them an incentive and opportunity to explore other areas of the state. The three we are considering: Castle in the Clouds, NH State Park Pass and the Aviation Museum of NH in Manchester.
We have begun an inventory project. Our volunteers have already put in numerous hours shelf reading (and covering new books!). The inventory is helpful and necessary; not only will it show us exactly what is on the shelves, but also gives me a chance to clean up the bibliographic records in the computer system.