What’s Happening at the Library
Right now, libraries across the state are gathering numbers, statistics, and financial reports together for our Annual Report to the State Library and our Annual Financial Report to the State Board of Accounts. Just to whet your appetite before the final report is ready by March 1st, here are a few fun facts!
In 2019, we sent 3,696 items to libraries in other towns around Indiana for people to check out. Cambridge City Library patrons borrowed 3,444 items from other libraries around Indiana. I am particularly proud that we are currently a “net lender” instead of a “net borrower.” That means our collection is very valuable to patrons at other libraries in the state. I credit my predecessor, Vicki Melek, for building a superb collection. Currently, staff members Kim Scott and Beth Gwin are skillfully handling most of our new acquisitions to continue to develop a great collection.
We have a total of 2,023 active cardholders at our library. We circulated a total of 31,270 physical items (books, DVDs, audiobooks) and 5,583 e-books, e-audios, and e-magazines. Our total collection of materials is valued at $1,084,906. I will try to provide a few more statistics over the coming weeks, and you are welcome to request a copy of our full reports after March 1st.
Would your child like to practice reading with a gentle, non-judgmental dog? Sign up for a PAWS for Reading appointment to read to Mason, most Thursdays starting at 3:15 p.m. by appointment. Pre-readers and their grown-ups are also invited to read to Mason, the book loving dog. Call the library at 765-478-3335 to sign up for your spot.
Join us for Mother Goose on the Loose on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Your toddler or pre-schooler will enjoy the fun learning experience with Ms. Kim every week. Rhyme, repetition, songs, movement, and stories all help to stimulate brain development and make learning fun for children.
This month, our morning and evening book clubs are both reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Evening Book Club meets Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Morning Book Club meets Monday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the library.
The Senior Center Book Club meets Wednesday, January 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Golay Center, 1007 E Main St., Cambridge City to discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
We added three new bestsellers, 73 new movies, 13 new children's books, and ten other new books to the collection last week. The new bestsellers this week are "Moral Compass: A Novel," "Treason," and "The Vanishing." The new movies this week include "How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming," "Walk the Line," and "X-Men: First Class."