What's Happening At CCPL
It’s that time of year again when I like to share fun facts about the library that I uncover while working on the annual report to our State Library, because everyone likes statistics--right? So, we currently have 1,571 resident registered users, down from last year’s number of 1,943. This is one example of many of our numbers seeing at least a slight decrease, likely due to the pandemic. In 2020, we checked out materials 17,864 times, down from 31,270 checkouts in 2019. One statistic that increased, however, was use of electronic materials. Our patrons checked out e-books or e-audios 6,278 times in 2020, compared to 5,583 times in 2019.
In 2020, we spent about $38 per person in our service area of Jackson and Washington Townships on operating costs; this is slightly down from the $41 per capita we spent in 2019. We spent 15.5% of our operating fund budget on collection development, that is books, DVDs, audios, public computers, and databases. The state library requires us to spend at least 8% of our operating budget on collections, so we are doing well here. Within that number, the State Library also includes purchases made for our collection through donations, bequests, and memorial gifts. So thank you for your generous donations that help increase our overall percentage!
We have slightly increased our “net lending rate” to other libraries over last year, and we continue to be considered a “net lender” instead of a “net borrower,” meaning that patrons in other towns seek out books from the Cambridge City Library collection more often than our patrons request items from other libraries. All of that to say—we should be proud of our collection! I credit our staff members Kim Scott and Beth Gwin who select books, as well as our former director Vicki Melek and library board members for building and supporting a strong, relevant collection.
You may recall some time back that I reported something was fishy at the library, and we needed your help to find homes for our surplus of black molly fish. I would like to thank everyone who has been able to give some fish a new home—this helped us create a bit more elbow room in the tank. Oh, I guess fish don’t actually have elbows, do they? Anyway, I wish to report that the opportunity still exists for your family to be the proud owners of some new black molly fish. Please call Dale at 765-478-3335 to schedule a pick-up time, and for instructions on transporting fish.
In addition to surplus fish, we would also like to offer starts of a Schefflera, or Umbrella Tree plant for interested horticulturalists. This is an easy houseplant to grow. Native to Australia, New Guinea, Taiwan, and China, this plant propagates easily from rooted cuttings. Since we can’t allow the library’s Umbrella Tree to grow to 40 feet tall, we need to do periodic cuttings, which we are very happy to pass on to you to start growing your own beautiful specimen.
The Senior Center Book Club will meet, Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. for a socially distanced book discussion of Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman.
Drop in the library to pick up a “Take and Make” craft home with you for the young person in your life. We currently have St. Patrick’s and Easter crafts. These crafts are most suited for children, ages pre-K through 8 years old.
If you need help with a resume, a job search, or other projects on the computer, please call the library at 765-478-3335 to schedule a time to work with Jodi Johnson, retired business teacher.
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