May @ the Main Library

A Monthly Report

May Brings Summer Reading!

Most of May was spent getting ready for Summer Reading! A big "Thank You" goes to Greg at VTL for being the grant administrator for the Tell Your Story grant, which let us host our own in house program. Greg has also spent a lot of time acting as our liaison with Maricopa County.

Our very own Hurricane Elly deserves a pat on the back for getting all of our prizes in order. This is a huge task that Elly always seems to be willing to tackle for us.

GPL's "Ray" of Sunshine also gets major props for wrangling a small army of Teen Volunteers, and keeping them busy and trained!

Programming in May

We presented 6 storytimes and 15 youth programs in May, with a total attendance of 1404! Plus 8 Teen Programs with an attendance of 99. On the Adult side of things, we held 40 Adult programs with an attendance of 274. LIve at the Library: A Jouney into West Africa and the Irrigation Basics class were our most popular adult programs, and the My Kids In Sign Performances, The World is "Beary" Wonderful and the Arizona Broadway Theater Performance of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day each drew crowds of 100 plus on the Youth side!

Goodbye, Amy! Hello, Aprilynne!

This month, we said goodbye to our first Writer-In-Residence, Amy Nichols. Amy was a fantastic partner for this pilot program, and we will miss her a lot. However, Ray and Kearsten have already schemed to get her to come back for Libcon West in December!

Come June, our *new* Writer-in-Residence, Aprilynne Pike, started. Aprilynne is the NYT Bestselling author of the Wings series. Her new book, Glitter is described as "Marie Antoinette meets Breaking Bad" and will be released Oct 25. Aprilynne's hours are all over the map in June, but will settle down moving forward.

The Geeks Come Out for Free Comic Book Day

Glendale Public Library was invited by Drawn to Comics to take part in Free Comic Book Day celebrations on May 7, 2016. This all day event drew more than 1000 people, and thanks to our primo location by the door, we talked to almost all of them!

Staffing this event was a multi-branch effort, and thanks go out to Sunny and Anna at VTL, Stephanie at FBL, and Michael, Kearsten and Ray here at main for keeping it staffed.

May Circulation

Overall, we circulated 58467 items in May. Teen Fiction was the best circulating print collection with a Circ Rate of 30%. Adult Blu-Ray Non-Fiction had a whopping 250% Circ Rate! (Probably because we only own 2 of them :)). Not surprisingly, Youth and Adult Blu-Ray were the best circulating media items. The chart below shows the circ rate of the print collections.