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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:00 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library showed growth in 2013, according to Director Kelly Rist’s annual report presented at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday.

Total circulation was up from 2012 by more than 28,000 at 223,855, with 158,937 attributed to adults and 64,918 to children.

The most impressive tally was 30,094 items loaned to other libraries in approximately 10 months. The library became part of the state-wide program in early 2013 and has since processed 13,000 bags of materials sent to other libraries.

“The response for materials from us is unbelievable,” Rist said. “I don’t think we could have imagined this.”

In contrast, Delphos patrons have requested 383 items.

The number of registered borrowers saw a dramatic decrease from approximately 10,000 down to 6,811.

“When the state looked at our patrons, if there hadn’t been any activity on the card for three years and no fine attached to it, it was kicked out,” Rist said. “So we had quite a few inactive accounts.”

Rist also said the AWE early learning station computer for the children’s area has been purchased with a recent Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation Grant. The computer, geared for ages 2-8, is self-contained with no Internet connection required; plug in and go with more than 60 fun and educational software programs. It can be operated with the keyboard, touch screen or stylus. The system costs $3,100 and a new desk and chair will be needed.

The new teen area in the basement was updated with a WiFi access point for future use; the walls will be painted in February.

“We haven’t decided on a color but we are looking at a coating that will make the wall a white board and perhaps one wall could be a green board for videos,” Rist said.

Storytime and Toddlertime is underway and Rist said plans are already being made for National Library Week with the theme “Lives Change at the Library.”

“We’d like to feature Delphos’ amateur astronomer Leslie Peltier in one of the programs for that,” Rist added.

With further public business to conduct, the board went into executive session. Following the session, the board approved changes to the employee manual and closing the library on March 4 for staff in-service training.

Last Updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:50 PM
 

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