JACKSON PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 2012
In 2012 a total of 10,115 people visited the Jackson Public Library- this averages to 39 people per day! This is an increase of 524 people from 2011. We added 1,393 items to the library’s collection for a value of $28,000. There were 9,629 books checked out of the library in 2012 and also 4,860 movies and audios checked out over the course of the year. At the end of 2012 we had 10,148 items in the collection, after having withdrawn 413 items from the collection. There are also online book services- New Hampshire Downloadable Books- that our patrons can access to read 6000+ titles- simply by having a Jackson library card. Jackson also received or sent 1,877 items via InterLibrary Loan over the course of 2012. The library patrons have access to more and more titles, movies, formats and
The library’s internet access & computer usage statistics continue to grow. The free Wifi is popular and the range is strong enough to cover outside the library into the parking lot. Over 475 people used the library for the Wifi access while 1,285 used the library’s computers. There are also a number of online services available from the library- including Ancestry, Career Cruising and Encyclopedia Britanica.
143 new patrons joined the library in 2012 and the library received over 900 gifts. The Friends of the Jackson Public Library also ran the library’s annual book sale in May and this was a success! The sale proceeds were turned over to the library to supplement the budget. Thank you to the Friends of the Jackson Public Library who sponsored at least one large program a month. There were 99 programs held at the library with a total attendance of 1269! The programs ranged from musical concerts to the History of the Wildcat Ski Area. The Friends also helped sponsor our annual Summer Reading Program for children in town. We were awarded a Kids, Books and the Arts grant through the State Library which was matched with local funds provided by the Friends to bring the fantastic magic show of
Maine resident Norman Ng to wow and astound those lucky enough to attend his show. The crowd was wowed by his trick of making a bowling ball appear from a piece of paper!
The library added eReaders to the list of items that can be borrowed from the library in 2012. There are 2 Nooks and 2 Kindles that can be borrowed for two weeks. The come preloaded with a variety of titles. It is a great way to ‘try it before you buy it’! Also, the Friends purchased a Telescope for the library in conjunction with the sponsorship of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. This can also be checked out for a 1 week period. We look forward to other interesting opportunities there will be in 2013 to expand our collection!
LIBRARY HOURS TRUSTEE MEETINGS
Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm First Tuesday of every month
Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 7 pm Meeting times and places posted
Friday 2 pm – 5 pm on Library and Town Office bulletin
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm boards and on ENews.
Respectfully Submitted, Jackson Library Trustees
Sarah Duffy, Chairman
Edith Houlihan, Treasurer
Joyce Allan, Secretary
Roger Aubrey, Alternate
Ann Lee Doig, Alternate