REPORT OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR - 2000
This is the first year the library has been open for twenty-three hours a week. I suspect there may be many people in town who do not realize the new library hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 to 9 P.M., Wednesdays 2 to 7 P.M., and Saturday mornings 9 to 12 noon. It is hoped that these expanded hours give everyone a chance to make use of the library.
There are over 1700 library cardholders. On the average 153 patrons visit weekly. This year we actually had over 100 visitors in one day. The library book circulation was 23,362, videos 6,333 and audiotapes /books 399. There were sixty-three childrens programs including story-times, summer reading, puppet shows and movies. The Friends of the Library and the Ashby Cultural Council sponsored these.
During the year surveys were sent out in the newsletter asking for information and suggestions from the community who were or worked with people with special challenges. This information is still needed to provide better services to persons with disabilities. Much of our future planning for the library will require documentation of special equipment needs (talking books, descriptive videos, TTY units, large type books or wheel chairs with baskets). I attended several workshops on providing services and adaptive devices for disabilities. Updated information will be used to apply for a grant
A conversion grant was applied for and received to begin putting the collection on-line/ computer. It has become increasingly more difficult to track material circulation. It would be almost impossible without the help of volunteers like Faith Anttila, Judy Kulju and Gail Farley. High school students Hannah and Ashley McCarthy have also spent many hours shelving books. More volunteers would be welcomed.
Regional services are available to everyone; this includes inter-library loan materials. Inter-library loans may not be renewed and must be returned on time. Requests can also be made for audio books and videotapes. Free computer access is available as well as computers for word processing.
The Ashby Free Public Library will celebrate its 100th year of service on December 7, 2001. Planning will ensure the Town of Ashby will have this resource available for the future. Thank you for your continued patronage.