This year, we held our first community-wide reading initiative, the Big Read, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We encouraged our entire community to read and talk about The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. We also selected three Little Read titles so kids and teens could read books about similar themes and join the conversation.
And it was a huge success: in a survey, 91% said the Big Read strengthened their understanding of the different cultures in their community or helped them appreciate the immigrant experience.
More than 1,250 patrons read The Namesake or a Little Read book. We also hosted 32 book discussions and programs associated with the Big Read, welcomed the authors of our three Little Read books for visits, partnered with 35 community organizations and hosted an exhibit called “The Immigrant Experience Through the Eyes of Teens.”
We installed new picture book shelving in kidsZone, making it easier for you to browse and find the books you’re looking for.
Our new van includes a ramp for easy loading in and out of our Pop-Up Library carts and books that we deliver to outreach patrons. Look for us out and about in the community in this orange and white van.
New digital equipment available for checkout means you can use a gimball, professional lighting kit and more, all for free with your Library card.
A new book drop, located at the north end of the Central parking lot, is already a popular feature. No need to wait in the line for the Drive Up Window if you just have items to return!
Behind the scenes, we developed a Person in Charge manual and implemented a new point of sale system - all so we can serve you better and help ensure your safety.
We launched online fine payment and automatic renewal to make your Library transactions convenient and efficient.
Hoopla is a new way for you to stream movies, tv shows and music, and read eBooks - all for free with your Library card. Each patron has six Hoopla borrows per month and there’s never a wait for the items you want.
2018-2019 by the Numbers
2,779,784 items checked out
3,422 programs offered with 92,934 individuals in attendance
150,000 holds processed, including 70,000 on-shelf holds
380,095 WiFi sessions
10,500 items delivered to 286 outreach patrons