Report to the Community  2012 - 2013

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In 2012, the library had over 33,000 visitors, who checked out over 19,000 books and 15,000 other items, like DVDs and audiobooks.

We added over 4,000 items for a total of 35,755 books, videos, magazines and other materials on our shelves. There were 90 adult programs, and 172 children’s programs, and a few for teens. All in all, the programs had a total attendance of 4,486 people.

There is heavier use of faxes, mostly for job seekers. We don’t charge to fax resumes or job applications. Times are tough and our job is to make thing better!

We asked for just a 2% increase in tax revenue, and it all went to pay for the increased costs passed on to us from the federal and state governments. We reduced expenses to pay for the great homework help service, Tutor.com. That gives a live tutor to help everyone who needs one!

That 2% increase meant that a homeowner paying $75 a year in library taxes would pay an additional $1.50 or a total of $76.50 in 2013. If you paid $100, you would pay $102 this year.

If you use the library, even a little, you can save quite a bit of money. For the community as a whole, the number of books read, programs attended, and dollars saved is more than twice the cost of the tax paid to the library.

Really, how much can I save if I use the Library? Try the Library Value Calculator! 

You can also take out Audiobooks, (popular with commuters) get a book we don’t have (from another library, anywhere in the country) or read up on a possible purchases (a new or used car, coffeemaker, or TV) ratings from Consumer Reports, or get other info from any of dozens of databases.

  What else is available?

    Children’s Books that "read themselves" out loud, while your child reads the words.

    Search historical records, stories, publications, photos and maps at Ancestry.com for free at one of our partner libraries.

    Mango language learning software.

    Over 500 online non-college credit Continuing Education Courses.

    Practice tests to prepare for the GED, SAT & military tests.

    Download free e-books.

In 2012, the Ulster County government made a grant to us and the other public libraries in the Ulster County Library Association to provide free databases at a discounted group price to help you and save you money at the same time!

Summer Reading Program : Reading Scores Count!

Literacy, English Language Arts, or reading skills, abilities are lost without practice, when school is out. We make it fun for the kids to stay ready for the next grade.

In a 2009 government web cast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating.”  This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.”  It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction. Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities.

Over 1.6 million of New York’s children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2011. Some 1,100 local libraries throughout New York State offer a summer reading program geared towards the needs of children in their communities. Children are encouraged to discuss, write about, and report on the books they read. Library staff help children select reading materials and provide literacy-enhancing programs such as storytelling, music, creative arts, and performances. 

The Plattekill Library is proud to have our Summer Reading program as one of the leading children’s programs in the area. In 2012, we registered 267 children for the SRP, added 15 teens and 51 adults to the reading program and held 51programs in July and August.

During the school year, we continued our reading programs by offering a total of 128 early literacy programs and after school programs for children and parents, with a total attendance of 1,580. 

JULY 2013 SRP:

 Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1

 

2

3   10am Book Club #3

10:30am: Preschool Storytime w/Crafts

 

1pm: DS GAME Time  (5+)

7pm: Book Club #2

7pm: Friends Mtg

4

 

LIBRARY CLOSED

Happy 4th of July

5

 

NO TEEN SCENE

Program today

6

10:30am
Knit/Crochet Group

Open to both new and experienced crafters.

7

SRP Begins

(Summer Reading

Pro­gram)

 

Theme: 

Dirt & Mud

8    11am “Tech-Savvy” Computer Training

Adults only and Reg. req’d.

 

4pm: Let’s Talk! DIRTby Steve Tomecek. Craft: Create a Bug Picture Frame [Gr. 2-4; limit 12]

9

6pm: Decorate a FLOWER POT and plant Flower Seeds (ages 6+, limit 18).

Lead by: Jo Ann, Book Club Manager

 

 

10

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: GAME Time

(ages 5+)

11

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up

7pm Book Club #1

 

7pm Board Meeting

12

 

2-4pm: TEEN SCENE

(Ages 10+) Make

SKULL JEWELRY

 

 

13

1-2:30pm

CRAFT: Vintage

Purse Tin

Adults only and Registration required.

14

Theme:

Tractors & Bulldozers

 

15   11am “Tech-Savvy” Computer Training Adults only and Reg. req’d.

 

4pm: Let’s Talk!  STONE SOUPby Marcia Brown. Craft: Color-Me Sand Animals [Gr. 2-4; limit 12]

16

 

6pm: MYO Jewelry
for
adults 18+
($2
donation)

17

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: DS GAME

Time (ages 5+)

18

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up

 

6pm PAJAMA

Readaloud (ages 2+ )

19

2-4pm: TEEN SCENE

(Ages 10+) Make DESSERT CRAFT

 

 

20

 

10:30am
Knit/Crochet Group

Open to both new and experienced crafters.

 

 

21

 

Theme:

Rocks & Gems

22   11am “Tech-Savvy”

Computer Training

Adults and Reg. req’d

 

4pm: Let’s Talk! BEAUTIFUL BEETLE BOOKby Sue Unstead. Craft: Make your own Bug Jar [Gr. 2-4; limit 12]

23      6pm: Create a

DIRT CUPCAKE

(ages 8+,  limit 12)

Lead by: Jennifer,

Vice-President of the Friends of the Library

24

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: SCRABBLE

GAME Time (ages 5+)

25  10:30am School-age Storytime/Crafts 

 

6pm: DINOSAURS ROCK! Show Registration required

[ages 2+; limit 50] 

26

2-4pm: TEEN SCENE

(Ages 10+) Create a 

STEAMPUNK

*SMASH BOOK Lead by: Jo Ann, Book Club Manager *SMASH    ...it's like a no-design Scrapbook!
...a junk journal!
...a place to jot down ideas!
...books with personal­ity!

 

27 1-2:30pm CRAFT:

Sewing program

Adults only and Reg. required.

 

Friends of the Library USED BOOK SALE 10am-5pm

 

28

Theme:

Ants & Worms

 

 

29

10:30-11:30am Coffee Chat with Library Staff. Stop by & meet the staff. We’ll be serv­ing coffee, tea, & cake. Browse around & learn about programs. Pre-registration req’d

30

 

 

1st day of

Ulster County Fair

31

 

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

 

 

 

Library programs are very popular. We suggest you REGISTER for any programs you’re inter­ested in so that you (or your kids) won’t be dis­appointed.

 

AUGUST 2013

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Library programs are very popular. We suggest you REGISTER

for any programs you’re interested in so that you (or your kids) won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up

 

7pm Book Club #1

7pm Friends Mtg

2

 

NO TEEN SCENE

Program today

3  

 

10:30am  Knit/Crochet Group -- Open to both new and experienced crafters.

 

4            Last day of

Ulster County Fair

 

Theme:

Roots & shoots

5   11am “Tech-Savvy”

Computer Training

Adults only and Reg. required.

 

4pm: Let’s Talk! FROG & TOAD” by Arnold Lobel.  Craft: Create a Frog Keychain

[Gr. 2-4; limit 12]

6

 

6pm: Paint your own BOBBLEHEAD DINO  (ages 8+; limit 12) 

Lead by: Jo Ann, Book Club Manager

7

10am Book Club #3

 

10:30am:Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: DS  GAME Time  (5+)

7pm Book Club #2

8

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up

 

7pm Board Meeting

 

9

2-4pm: TEEN SCENE

(Ages 10+) Create  a TIME CAPSULE

 

 

10

 

12noon ~Tea Party for

kids 5+ [Reg. required]

Wear party clothes & bring your favorite doll. Moms and/or Grandmas must accompany

child[ren].

 

11

 

 

Theme:

Tunnels & Pipes

 

 

12    11am “Tech-Savvy” Computer Training

Adults only and Reg. required.

 

4pm: Let’s Talk! PASTA SAUCE: Grow Your Own Ingredients” by Cassie Liversidge. Craft: Make Pizza Cookies [Gr. 2-4; limit 12]

13

6pm: Design & Paint a TREASURE BOX (ages 8+; limit 12)

Lead by: Jo Ann, Book Club Manager

14

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: GAME Time

(ages 5+)

15     

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up

 

6pm CAMPFIRE  Readaloud BYO sticks!

            (ages 2+ )      

16

2-4pm: TEEN SCENE

(Ages 10+) Play  OUTDOOR  GAMES  

(Rain: play indoor games)

 

17

 

10:30am Knit/Crochet Group

1-2:30pm CRAFT:

Create a quick & easy Rope Vase. Bring your own vase or jar. Adults only and Reg. required.

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

Theme: 

Crypts & Caves

19

11am “Tech-Savvy” Computer Training

Adults only and Reg. required.

20

6pm: MYO Jewelry
for adults 18+
($2
donation) 

21

 

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

1pm: PARTY!

(ages 5+)

22   10:30am School-age Storytime/Crafts

 

 

(authors postponed to August 29th)

23      2-4pm: TEENS

(Ages 10+)

Worst Case Scenario SURVIVALIST Party– put together Bug-Out Bags (BOB) and other fun stuff!

 

 

24

 

End of SRP:

LAST DAY to turn in reading slips!

 

25

26

10:30-11:30am Coffee Chat with Library Staff. Stop by & meet the staff. We’ll be serving coffee, tea, & cake. Browse around & learn about programs.

Pre-registration required.

27

28

 

10:30am Preschool Storytime w/Crafts for ages 2 and up

 

 

29

10:30am School-age Storytime w/Crafts for Grades K and up  

6pm: Local authors Elizabeth Werlau & Shirley Anson featuring the book HALLOWED GROUND

30

 

 

31

 

This library works because of the contributions of the Staff, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library and you, our patrons. Thank you all.

Director:

John Georghiou

Trustees:

Lynne Ridgeway, President

Valerie Smith, Vice President

Keith Canfield, Treasurer

Karen Adamson

William J. Farrell

David Padilla

 

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