Thomaston Public Library

Librarian's Report for the month of February 2013


Library Income:

Fines/Donations: $227.45

Copy/Printout Fees: $116.25

Out of Town Patron Fees: $39.00

Coffee Machine: $35.00

Fax Machine: $2.50

Book Replacement Fees: 108.42

Total: $528.62


Library Expenditures:

Utilities: $717.84

Programs: $0.00

Supplies: $234.58

Payroll: $ 4342.18

Books and Videos: $2586 (yearly fees for audiobooks and Overdrive access were due)

Advertising: $0.00

Total: $ 8416.00 (total includes items not listed here)


New Titles:

Adult collection: 56

Children's Collection: 42

TV and Movies Collection: 14

Total: 112


Number of New Patrons Added

Children: 5

Adult: 12

Total: 17


Circulation Statistics

Items Circulated: 3425

Average Daily Circulation: 122

Inter Library Loans:  56

Audio&Ebooks: 56

% increase / decrease from last year: +5%


News and Events


Work continued this month on the budget, annual reports, and e-Rate phone and Internet discount applications, all of which (other than final budget approval) will be completely finished and submitted by the end of March. Other internal projects include the updating of library policies, the creation of a new library brochure and documented procedures for processes such as inter-library loan and materials-cataloging, and some preliminary website-re-design planning.

On the public front, we continued the Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive all month and held a month-long, two-for-one, coffee-table book sale in the Friends of the Thomaston Library Hallway Bookshop. The book sale was a double success in that it generated close to $150.00 and cleared space in the crowded bookshop storeroom.

Our First Story Hour of the Month guest was Dena Davis, who led attendees in song, dance, stories, and a craft.

The library offered lots of movies in February, with tales of tragic love featured by the Friends on Friday nights and the film Idiocracy presented by the Saltwater Film Society on February 7, attended by about a dozen film buffs.

Qi Gong attendance continues to grow, with sixteen participants attending Tim's February 16th session. When milder weather finally comes, the group plans to take advantage of the sunshine and nice, big lawn.

Unfortunately the second Game Day for Grown-ups coincided with the biggest snow storm of the year, which resulted in the library closing down for a Friday and Saturday and the parking lot remaining unusable into Sunday afternoon, the day of the games. That event will continue next month.

The IGBC met February 19 to discuss the novel The Kitchen House, another book enthusiastically embraced by almost all participants and drawing a larger crowd. We’ll meet again March 19 to discuss A Covert Affair.

The library was closed February 18 for Presidents' Day.

A forecasted wintry mix, which didn't fully materialize, kept the February contradance a bit smaller than the 60 to 70 attendees of late, but those who braved the cold quickly warmed up on the dance floor.      

Through the month of February, we continued to display the collection of Danbury Mint collectibles donated to us by Rockland resident Keith Alley. Mr. Alley himself showed up one day to view the display, which pleased him very much.

In our collection-development, we caught up this month with some Maine titles we had not yet acquired: novels, memoirs, nature and gardening books, a cookbook, and several other titles. These Maine-related materials were displayed all month, beside another display of classics, bestsellers, and other good reads brought up from the treasure trove downstairs.

Looking ahead, there's a lot in the works. For the library, the advent of spring means the end of a strange wakeful-hibernation dominated by spreadsheets, statistics, and reports, and a shift into public programming and social engagement. It's a welcome shift, this emerging from the cave into the sun, and we're all looking forward to it!



Ann Harris

Head Librarian

Submitted 3/24/13