Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
The Haliburton County Public Library’s Annual Report was released to the public on March 22, 2017. The library has eight branches situated throughout the County of Haliburton. The County supplies the library service including staff, library materials, and technology while each of the four municipalities supplies the buildings and furnishings.
This week on Library Moments Nancy Therrien and I will talk about some highlights from our annual report.
Nancy Therrien, Programming and Community Outreach: Hi, I’m Nancy Therrien, the Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Haliburton County Public Library. Programming is an area that the Haliburton County Public Library constantly strives to improve. By utilizing the interests of our staff and collaborating with community partners, the number and type of programs offered at the library continue to expand in the most cost-effective way possible.
In 2016, 7316 people of all ages attended our programs and events. The programs offered varied from branch to branch. In 2016, the portable library popped up at multiple events including the Haliburton County Fair in Minden, Stanhope Heritage Day, the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair, and more. The Portable Library increased the library’s visibility, offered children’s crafts, and allowed people to sign up for cards outside traditional library walls. One special event offered by the library for the first time in December 2016 was the Try It Fair, where students and members of the public got hands-on experiences trying out all sorts of activities ranging from horseback riding to fly-tying. It was a huge success with over 250 people in attendance during the 4-hour event.
The Haliburton County Public Library’s computer, Internet, and online services were well utilized in 2016. The haliburtonlibrary.ca website was heavily used, averaging 6 pages viewed and 5½ minutes per session, there were more than 24,000 sessions in 2016. Public access computers were available at all branches, as was public Wi-Fi, which was available 24/7. In all, 16,571 people accessed the Internet using one of our Public Access Computers in 2016.
Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: The Haliburton County Public Library has 9,124 cardholders who borrowed 164,729 library items in 2016. An item can be a book, a dvd, books on CD, ebooks,downloadable audiobooks as well as things like, pedometers and energy meters. Of the items borrowed 15,782 were electronic downloadable products. That means items from the library can be borrowed without ever leaving home, although we recognise that some of us have better connectivity than others. Our physical in-branch collection has grown to 52,465 items on our shelves across the eight branches. We added 7,090 library items last year, on average we get 136 new items every week that get distributed to the branches. As always you can ask for something from another branch and have it delivered to your home branch. You can also return your item of any of our eight branches no matter which branch you got it at. Our computer system will direct the item to where it is supposed to be.
The Annual Report can be found on our website at haliburtonlibrary.ca or in hard copy at any of our eight branches.
That’s it for this episode of Library Moments. And btw, because we in the library world keep track of anything that can be counted, this just happens to be episode 318. Thanks for listening here at 100.9 CanoeFM.
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Text summary of our infographic:
- 9,124 people in Haliburton County had a library card in 2016.
- Compared to 9,707 in 2015.
- 165,729 items circulated, including 15,782 digital items in 2016.
- Compared to 160,495 in 2015.
- We have 52,465 items on our shelves.
- And we added 7,090 items to the collection in 2016.
- On average we get a delivery of 136 new items for you to enjoy every week.
- 7,316 people attended our programs and events.
- That includes children, teens, adults, and seniors!
- 16,571 people accessed the internet using one of our Public Access Computers.
- We have free wi-fi available 24/7.
- haliburtonlibrary.ca had over 24,000 visits by people from home and around the world.
View the full report on our website – haliburtonlibrary.ca > About HCPL > Annual Reports > 2016.