March @ the Main Library

A Monthly Report

New Teen Space is a Go! New Business Space Coming!

The new teen space at the Library is shaping up! A big thanks to Elly, who is a shifting project queen, and who made our temporary signs. Kearsten, who has come in on her days off, to shift and disassemble shelves, also gets a high five. . And of course, to our wonderful pages, who helped out at all stages of the project. Ray and Kearsten, the masterminds of the move, will be tweaking the space some -- spreading some areas out, moving shelves and tables, adding seating -- but the collection has found a new home.

While we're thanking people, let's hear it for Michael and Elly, who, in just one day, removed the shelving from the empty Fishbowl, and got it set up to be a viable business space. Thanks also to Patsy, who helped get Facilities involved. Michael took a trip down to Spring City, risked death by dust bunny, and chose furniture that will house three computers and the workforce printer/scanner. Also in the space are two small conference tables and some casual seating. Michael is working on building a collection for the area, and finding free resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs.

The last step in the process is moving the computers, copiers and other tech stuff to their new homes. Tami has assisted us with this process, and the move should be completed by June first. Michael hopes to start offering business programming by late summer.

March Circulation Update

Blu-Rays were (unsurprisingly) the most popular items in the collection this month, with Youth Blu-Rays in particular having a 183% Circulation Rate. Our most popular print materials were the Leased New Adult Fiction (156% CR) and New Picture Books, (138% CR). The graph above shows the circ rate for each print and media collection by age.

Programing in March

March was another great programming month at the Main Library. Between Storytimes, Youth and Adult programs, we hosted 70 programs, with a combined attendance of 1387. Toe Tapping Thursday, Crafty Kids and the 1st Library Qudditch Match were particularly popular! Also popular were the Folk and Heritage Festival events hosted here at the Main Library. The graph below breaks down the programming by age group. Thanks to Elly, Carolyn, Polly, Kearsten, Ray, Lisa, Carole and Ivy for providing such great programs.

Outreach in March

We had another HUGE month for Outreach at Main Library. Our staff went to 23 community events, with a total attendance of 1288. Most notably, Kearsten was a featured speaker at LibCon, a teen anime/comics convention in Chandler. Kearsten and Ray (who attended as a volunteer) were so inspired by LibCon, that they are planning one for GPL in December! Lisa, Carolyn, and Elly also participated in outreach events and tours.

Small Victories

A new feature of our monthly reports! These are little wins that make a big difference! That colorful guy to the left is Little Win, our small victories mascot!

  • Polly and Ray each recieved a $400 grant for Arts Programming and Services from the Glendale Arts Council.
  • One day this month, no-one made a mistake on new cards!
  • Merideth submitted the 2016 LSTA grant and Ray and Kearsten submitted a grant to the Gila River Indian Community.
  • Library Insider, the Library eNewsletter, recieved more than 2000 views.
  • Tech Services completed relabeling and processing the Reggae, Gospel and Blue Grass music cds. These new categories were pulled out of World, Country, and Christian music genres.
  • Amy, our Writer in Residence, was featured on on KJZZ
  • We have 16 teen volunteers for Book Buddies, which is almost double what we had last year.

Keep sending Merideth your small victories, so we can keep featuring them, and spreading the good news.